Quote Originally Posted by Festat View Post

Gilda is a victim of her father.
Gilda is a victim of every single other character in Rigoletto. Rigoletto as an Opera is basically the destruction of an innocent girl who's only problem is her naivety and having a really bad dad. Rigoletto as an opera wins for having every single other character but Gilda being a bit evil. She is quite probably the only good character in the whole thing (good as in morally) it says something that an assassin is possibly the second most moral character in the opera.