All I Ask of You Analysis

So far, I mentioned two love triangles in musicals- Les Mis and Wicked. Phantom of the Opera is another, but the difference is this musical is centered around a love triangle. At the same time, there is some unpopular opinion when it comes to the couple found in it. Unlike several fans of the musical, I love the Christine and Raoul pairing. “All I Ask of You” is the romantic duo the two of them sing, which is very gorgeous and angelic. It really does show their love for each other.

RAOUL
No more talk of darkness,
Forget these wide-eyed fears
I’m here, nothing can harm you
my words will warm and calm you
Let me be your freedom,
let daylight dry your tears.
I’m here with you, beside you,
to guard you and to guide you…

CHRISTINE
Say you love me every waking moment,
turn my head with talk of summertime…
Say you need me with you now and always…
Promise me that all you say is true
that’s all I ask of you

RAOUL
Let me be your shelter
let me be your light
You’re safe, No one will find you
your fears are far behind you…

CHRISTINE
All I want is freedom,
a world with no more night
and you, always beside me, to hold me and to hide me…

RAOUL
Then say you’ll share with me
one love, one lifetime
let me lead you from your solitude
Say you need me with you here, beside you…
anywhere you go, let me go too
Christine, that’s all I ask of you…

CHRISTINE
Say you’ll share with me one love, one lifetime…
say the word and I will follow you…

BOTH
Share each day with me,
each night, each morning…

CHRISTINE
Say you love me…

RAOUL
You know I do…

BOTH
Love me – that’s all I ask of you
Anywhere you go let me go too
Love me – that’s all I ask of you…

Andrew Lloyd Webber, Phantom of the Opera

Raoul and Christine are meant for each other. As expressed in “All I Ask of You”, Raoul clearly loves Christine. In the song, you can tell that Christine trusts Raoul that he will protect and comfort her. She has obviously been frightened by the Phantom, and in this moment, Raoul is quick to comfort Christine even though he still doesn’t believe the Phantom exists- after all, he is still new to the Paris Opera House.

The melody is so romantic showing how much the two of them love each other. Yes, Raoul doesn’t believe Christine at times, but he loves her. Christine says “all I want is freedom” and Raoul does say he will give her that and his love. The Phantom, on the other hand, is too dangerous and violent, and will not give her what she wants.

Marius and Raoul Analysis

This is actually my 1st Guest Post. I choose to do Celeste first because of how important she was and still is important to my blogging journey. Celeste actually was my first blogger who really became my first amazing faithful follower to my blog- as in liking, reading, and commenting on my posts. I believe she really was the first dedicated follower to my blog.The two of us formed an incredible relationship.

Yes, while Celeste no longer has a blog, I am glad she decided to stay on wordpress. One thing the two of us share in common with musical theatre is loving both Marius and Raoul. I wanted to see her thoughts on the characters.

Celeste’s Post: Possible Spoilers Ahead

Meg asked me to write a post about the characters Raoul and Marius from The Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables, respectively. Like Meg, I love these two characters very much. Particularly in the case of Raoul, I would go so far as to say that he’s my favorite character in his musical. I guess that a major reason why I find myself being so outspoken about my love for Raoul and Marius is because I think that a majority people who are fans of their respective stories don’t like them very much.

I won’t get too much into all of the reasons that I’ve heard for people disliking these characters, but I think that one of the main ones I see come up time and again is that people don’t like the romantic pairings that they each end up in. In the case of Marius, people feel like he made a poor choice in choosing Cosette. In Raoul’s case, people don’t like that Christine chose him instead of the Phantom. 

While, personally, I like both the Marius x Cosette and Raoul x Christine pairings, I also think that both Marius and Raoul are outstanding characters outside of the romances they are tied to.

Particularly in the case of Marius, we see a character for whom romance is only one part of his storyline. He’s a character who, like everyone else in Les Misérables, suffers. He suffers rejection from his grandfather. He suffers the loss of his friends. While it ends up all right in the end, he also thinks for a time that he’s lost Cosette. Throughout it all, though, Marius is kind, loving, and courageous. Marius, in my opinion, is one of the characters that the audience is supposed to feel the most sympathetic towards throughout the whole musical. “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” is, for me anyways, one of the single most emotional songs/scenes in Les Misérables. He’s haunted by the memory of his friends and their deaths. He’s haunted by their dreams which have been left unrealized and unfulfilled. He has to grapple with the fact that he “live[s] and [they] are gone.” There have been times that I’ve watched or listened to Les Misérables and have cried almost all the way through. “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” is, however, amongst all that sadness and pain one of the saddest moments for me.

When it comes to Raoul, we have a character whose role is much more firmly tied to the romance of the musical. Raoul’s role in The Phantom of the Opera is mostly relegated to being Christine’s love interest. I suppose it makes sense, then, that people who don’t like the “Raoulstine” pairing aren’t big fans of Raoul. I, personally, find him an admirable and sweet character, and I think that that is manifested very clearly throughout his actions in the musical and I do love the Christine x Raoul love story. Raoul is someone whom, perhaps, some people find a little boring. Personally, I don’t find him boring. I think he’s very brave, sweet, and kind. Raoul isn’t, of course, a perfect character. He does have moments where he fails to truly listen to Christine and/or believe what she’s saying. Despite these failings, however, Raoul is quick to comfort Christine and to try to help her. “All I Ask of You” is a song that is really meant, initially, to comfort Christine. He starts off telling her that he’s there for her, and Christine finds reassurance in him being there. She wants him to assure her of his love for her, because she feels safe with him and trusts him deeply. Christine knows that Raoul is someone who wants to provide her with what she needs and wants, while the Phantom is not so willing to do this. Christine says in “All I Ask of You,” “All I want is freedom….” As we see in the ending sequence of the musical, the Phantom denies her requests for freedom until the very last moment where he lets her go. Raoul, in the meantime, was willing to die for Christine to be able to have the freedom he knew she so desperately wanted. In “Down Once More/Track Down This Murderer,” when the Phantom makes Christine choose between marrying him (the Phantom) or having Raoul die, Raoul sings, “Christine, say no! Don’t throw your life away for my sake. I fought so hard to free you…” Raoul’s life is on the line, and all he’s thinking about is Christine’s freedom. For all that Raoul may have failed to listen at other points in the musical, it’s clear that he was listening when Christine was telling him what she wanted: her freedom. The Phantom doesn’t truly understand this until the end of the musical, and perhaps not even then. While “All I Ask of You” is definitely one of the best Raoul moments in the musical, I personally think his strongest moment is in the final sequence because we see there the fulfillment of what was being sung about in “All I Ask of You.”

Both Raoul and Marius are, I believe, noble and kind characters. That, above anything else is what makes me love them so much. If anything, all of the hate that they receive almost makes me feel compelled to love them even more! I still think that if I were to make any changes to The Phantom of the Opera, I would probably give Raoul a solo song. This, I think, would probably make him more sympathetic to a lot of audience members who may still not like him, but might feel their hearts soften to him a little bit. I think that both Raoul and Marius are such sweet characters and I’m always happy to talk about how much I love them! 

This is actually a post I wrote about the two of them: back to me. Like Celeste, it has been made known that I love Marius and Raoul.

https://megsmagicalmusings.wordpress.com/2018/01/24/why-i-love-raoul-and-marius/

Underrated Romantic Characters

Yes, in musicals there are characters we love and characters we dislike. However, some of the ones we love are unpopular opinions. Some of those characters are hard to understand why people dislike them. So, what are some underrated characters- mine belong to two romantic characters?

Raoul

While, I still barley know him, I know that he is a sweet and kind person. He would protect Christine from any harm. He belongs with her, and they are such a sweet couple. They create a healthy relationship. I don’t understand why people want Christine and Phantom together- that would be a very unhealthy relationship plus Christine never loved the Phantom. She loved Raoul a lot more.

Marius

I have examined him a lot more over the years. He is this sweet, kind, compassionate, awkward, and brave revolutionary. He is close friends with Enjolras and Eponine, which is an added part to the musical. He only is more of an acquaintance with Eponine in the book and isn’t close to the Friends of the ABC- in the book, he is friends with Courfeyrac.

So, my interpretation of Marius is a combo of book and musical. By reading the book alone, I realized he is more complex then I thought he was. In the musical, some of Marius’ relationships are changed- ones that I love. He is actually best friends with Enjolras and friends with The Friends of the ABC. In addition, he is best friends with Eponine. The awkwardness is the newest thing I learned about Marius, which I discovered through Joshua Grosso. His relationship with Cosette is so adorable, and glad to see him and Jillian Butler twice- both times, he had an adorable relationship with Cosette. Joshua Grosso and Jillian Butler have become my favorite Marius and Cosette pairing and individually as the characters. Marius struggles between four things- the political conflict with his grandfather, his passion for the uprising, his love for Cosette and his friendship with Eponine.

In terms of Eponine, Marius is the only good thing in her life, and she sees him as kind. Marius’ compassion is strongly shown during “A Little Fall of Rain”- yes, he was devastated that she was dying from a gunshot wound, but decided to stay with Eponine to comfort her. Due to seeing Joshua with different Eponines’, I was able to almost look at things a bit differently- however still decided to focus more on comforting Eponine during that scene, but his response at the kind was a bit different- the heartbreak was shown two different ways. He was the only survivor from the uprising, and he strongly showed his heartbreak during “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables”.

Do you agree with me about these two? In your, opinion, who else should be added to the underrated list?

Unpopular Opinions about Musicals-the Couples

Yes, I talked about the unpopular opinions before. However, due to seeing Phantom of the Opera recently, I thought it was time to bring them up again. There are two couples that are unpopular opinions; one of which is part of Phantom of the Opera.

I still love Christine and Raoul as a couple. They obviously were either childhood sweethearts or best friends before Raoul met Christine again during the events of Phantom of the Opera. Raoul treats Christine better than the Phantom. Their main song, “All I Ask of You”, is one of the most beautiful and romantic songs I heard in musical theatre.

Raoul and Christine

I STILL don’t understand the whole wanting Christine with Phantom-AFTER all, the Phantom is destructive, controlling, and revengeful. She was scared and afraid of him. She was in love with Raoul. Christine never loved the Phantom. It is an unrequited love Phantom had for Christine. That I will never understand-this popular opinion.

Reasons Why Christine is the Protagonist of Phantom of the Opera

It can be easily debated who is the main character of Phantom of the Opera. Yes, the musical is called “The Phantom of the Opera”, but it doesn’t make him the main character. In fact, I see the Phantom as the antagonist. I want this post to try to explain why I believe Christine is the main character.

First, I want to make things clear. I have not seen Phantom enough times to make the best explanation. However, I know it enough to try to explain. Now, time for my explanation.

For one thing, she is literally one of the first characters that we get to know after the overture. Usually the main character is one of the first characters we get to meet. I feel like we spend the most time with Christine throughout the course of the entire musical even though the plot is a love triangle between Christine, Raoul, and the Phantom. We don’t even meet Raoul until the end of “Think of Me”- and there are only references to the Phantom ghost. We don’t even meet him until after “Angel of Music”, which was a song that took place after meeting Raoul. It is in the song, “Phantom of the Opera” where we truly got to meet the Phantom. I am talking about the order of meeting the characters to try to show that Christine is our main character.

In terms of songs, Christine does seem to sing the most- “Think of Me”, “Angel of Music”, “Phantom of the Opera”, “All I Ask of You”, “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again”, “Point of No Return”- among those other moments in between, which I don’t even remember- you meet her as a dancer at the beginning, the first major character- that does say something. She is the one who truly develops throughout the musical. When I saw Grace Morgan, who was an understudy, played Christine, at Peace Center in Greenville in 2014, I felt most connected to Christine. I think it was partly because Christine is our main character.

Some people say she shouldn’t be with Raoul, but with Phantom—–I can understand why Raoul wouldn’t believe her that a Phantom ghost is lurking the Opera house,—after all it is his first time there. Look at some of Raoul’s lyrics in “All I Ask of You”. Christine is a bit scared of Phantom, so why are people saying she should be with Phantom. I just wanted to say that. Phantom is defiantly your antagonist- he has been haunting the Opera house for some time and people who have been performing and working there are aware of this. This is where the show gets its haunting feel. Christine and Raoul’s relationship is where the show gets its beauty along with its beautiful music. “All I Ask of You” is a BIG reason why I love Raoul and Christine as a couple.

Do you agree- is Christine the main character of Phantom of the Opera?