The Phantom of the Opera, a master piece of drama, love and of course, music. Those who have seen the play are familiar with the ever famous love triangle that involves Raoul, Christine and The Phantom (Erik). The main debate is who is better, Raoul or The Phantom? Well I am here to answer that question, with both my own opinions and the solid facts.
Raoul is mainly introduced when he sees Christine singing at an opera performance (“Think of Me”). The Phantom is introduced when we see him practically hypnotizing Christine (“Angel of Music”). Later in the show, both Raoul and The Phantom a sing love song to Christine. Raoul’s song is about love and light, forgetting your fears and stepping into the sun (“All I Ask of You”). The Phantom’s song is about abandoning reality and living in the darkness (“The Music of the Night”).
The Phantom is a murderer! From what we see in the 2004 movie, he kills at least three people! When we talk about The Phantom’s pitiful past, we overlook minor details, like his multiple homicides. In the ending, he is going to kill Raoul unless Christine agrees to love him (“My Dear I Think We Have A Guest”). Raoul on the other hand, is captured by The Phantom while trying to save Christine from The Phantom.
To discuss age, in the original plot, Christine is about 20 years old. Raoul is between 20-25 years of age. The Phantom however, is between 40-50 years old! The Phantom is at least 20 years older then Christine. Raoul is a little bit older than her, but not by much. In the 2004 movie, we have say that Christine is 16-17 because her grave says that she was born in 1854 and we know that the story takes place in 1870. Raoul is in the same age realm, 20-25, but the phantom was made much younger at around 30-35. Even in the 2004 movie, he is still about 15 years older than Christine!
Personally, I have always been very strongly Team Raoul. Unlike some people, I was very happy that the play ended with Raoul and Christine as the couple of choice. I think that the young, handsome hero is the better man then the creepy, ingenious stalker.