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Why does the Phantom of the Opera wear a mask?

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In the 2004 film "The Phantom of the Opera," and in the original novel by Gaston Leroux, the Phantom's mask is used to cover a birth defect. In other film and theater adaptations, the mask has been used to cover scarring caused by fire or some other tragedy.

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"The Phantom of the Opera" tells the story of a man who is so humiliated by his appearance that he lives beneath the opera house, and how he becomes obsessed with a girl who is a member of the chorus. The story has been adapted into numerous film and theatrical versions, including a 1925 silent film starring Lon Chaney and a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

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