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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Is Père Germont a well-meaning man who is forced to uphold bourgeoisie values when asking Violetta to leave Alfredo? Or is he a slut-shaming, chauvinistic patriarch who delights in Violetta's suffering? Some productions, like Willy Decker's production, tend to lean to the latter interpretation.
    • It's even possible to play him as a hypocrite who lusts after Violetta himself.
  • Fair for Its Day: Yes, modern feminists might object to the fact that Violetta has to sacrifice everything for Alfredo, and that she has to die in the end. Still, the opera portrays her as an unquestionably noble and selfless heroine, and exposes the hypocrisy of the then-accepted social more that women who fell were Defiled Forever.
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  • Tear Jerker: Big time! The ending in particular involves Violetta dying while letting Alfredo go.
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