Cyrano’s and Christian’s Silly Plan In Cyrano de Bergerac written by Edmond Rostand two men are in love with the beautiful precieuse, Roxane. One of the men, Cyrano, finds himself unattractive but what he lacks in looks, he makes up for in his astounding poetry and intellect. The other, Christian, whose defining features are his good looks, lacks wit and isn’t a good writer. An impractical plan is formulated between the men so Christian can gain the love of Roxane, despite all the problems that can be foreseen. Cyrano and Christian are contrasting characters, but their traits together make the perfect man. Cyrano is unable to confess his love to Roxanne because his nose makes him insecure about his looks. Believing Roxane will never love a stupid person, Christian comes to Cyrano for help when she expects a letter from him. Cyrano comes up with the plan that he will write the letters to Roxane, and Christian will give them to her as letters written from himself. Christian is able to be the face of the plan because of his handsome outer appearance, while Cyrano is the brains. Although they come together to make the perfect lover, they are still two different people which can only create problems in the future. …show more content…
They both fail to think about what the consequences of their actions can be. There are many problems that can be foreseen. Cyrano could eventually get fed up with Christian getting all the benefits of the agreement, and tell Roxane the truth. Writing her letters won’t be enough, and he’ll want to be with her. Or, Christian will eventually want to have Roxanne to himself. Not, long after the agreement is made, Christian goes to talk to Roxane in person and he tells Cyrano
In the book, Cyrano is conveyed to be nervous, anxious, and excited to meet Roxane in Raganaue’s shop. In act two, the text states, “I will write, fold it, give it her, and fly! (Throws down the pen): Coward!. . .But strike me dead if I dare to speak to her,. . .ay, even one single word!(To Ragueneau): What time is it?"
As the duo contemplate aligning themselves to court Roxane, Christian, self-conscious of his lack of intelligence, explains to Cyrano “I am one of those who cannot talk of love...words refuse to come” prompting Cyrano, ever aware of his own physical liability, to counter “I’ll lend [the words] to you! You shall lend me your looks, your winning features and all-conquering charm, and we will make – between the two of us – one paragon, one hero of romance!” before concluding “We will complete each other. You will go on to certain victory... You’ll represent my absent beauty
When Christian was dying, Cyrano lied to both him and Roxanne in an attempt to help them through it. He put Christian at ease by saying that he had told Roxanne that she still loved him, and he died peacefully. He also helped Roxanne by keeping her idea of Christian unchanged. It is better to have loving memories of something that wasn’t real, than to have tainted memories of the truth. These acts of Cyrano may have been noble, but they weren’t enough to completely clear his
Through Rostand’s poetic writing, the author exemplifies the protagonist’s noble soul by Cyrano’s use of grand gestures to show his bravery, selflessness and loyalty. When Roxane confronts Cyrano with the idea of protecting Christian from the other cadets, she then refers to his bravery in fighting one hundred men and then responds with “I have shown more since" (Rostand 47). Although Cyrano loves Roxane but Roxane loves Christian he promises Roxane to protect Christian because he loves her and wants what is best for her. Roxane has arrived to the battlefield and Christian has been shot, so Cyrano lies to Christian telling him “I’ve told her everything. It’s you
Cyrano leads himself to believe the hearsay that he is not worthy of anything, let alone love. His corrupted mind insists he is not, and never will be, striking enough because of his nose. Cyrano’s one true love, Roxanne, has no idea he loves her because he has allowed himself to believe that she could never be in love with his beastly semblance. It is human nature to believe oneself to have worse features and flaws, which in turn leads to self-devaluing or self-destruction, as Cyrano clearly demonstrates.
Cyrano is indeed portrayed in the play in a humourous manner. One of the most popular ways Cyrano is expressed humorously is through the explanation of his large nose. This presents Cyrano as a parody because many people insult his nose, which allows him to create amazingly amusing remarks in retort. These clever remarks created by Cyrano allow readers to like him more for his witty humour as well. Cyrano is shown as endearing because he also allows his wit to express his courageousness.
Mrs.Kidd Oral Reflective Statement on Cyrano de Bergerac My understanding of this play was most enhanced by the presentations of Jeniveve, on the actual real life of Cyrano de Bergerac, and Ester’s presentation on Rostand which consisted of who he was and how he wrote. I think both of the presentations do help each other in explaining who Cyrano actually was, and why certain changes were made. In Jeniveve’s presentation, the focus was towards how did the real Cyrano de Bergerac compare with the fictional one from the text itself.
(Rostand 145) Christian and Cyrano are arguing whether Cyrano should confess his love to Roxanne and he refuses. His lack of confidence ends up keeping him from love and what he truly wants. Although others see Cyrano as arrogant, in reality he is self conscious and afraid of
Christopher does not trust his father and does not feel
Cyrano loves Roxanne, his childhood friend and cousin, but is afraid to tell her his feelings because he is self-conscious of his big nose. However, when Roxanne tells him that she loves Christian and asks him to protect him and have him write to her. Even though Cyrano is proud and disappointed that Roxanne’s love is not for him, he agrees. This is motivated by his panache; he does not want to disappoint Roxanne or do anything to upset her, so he agrees to take up her request eloquently. In addition to this, although the white plume is not directly referred to in Act II, Cyrano once again declares that he is a free man because he does not have status or wealth, expressing his panache in the same manner as he had with Valvert in Act I.
Cyrano despises most people in his society for being so obsequious. He wants only to state the bold, insulting truth; this kind of openness is a reflection of his boldness and courage. A final example of Cyrano’s courage is when Cyrano describes the way he wants to die to the cadets. His reply to them, “‘Always the answer, yes! Let me die so, under some
This shows why Roxane does, in fact, deserve Cyrano’s love. It’s not Roxane’s fault that she didn’t fall in love with Cyrano immediately. Because Cyrano was “her cousin” he had always been present in her life, but in actuality they were so close that he was much more like “her brother” (Rostand 60). This is why she had never thought of him in a romantic way. When Christian enters her life, he is a new face with new opportunities for love.
While unique characters are very valuable in various forms of literature, authors can successfully utilize stereotyped characters to achieve author’s purpose. The character of Mariane in Tartuffe by Molière is a stereotypical “damsel in distress”, as the other characters must help her while they combat the hypocrisy of Tartuffe. When Orgon, blinded by his reverence for Tartuffe, announces that Mariane is to marry Tartuffe, it causes conflict between characters. Mariane has to express her opinion and defy her father, so that she will not marry a hypocrite and liar, despite being a generally submissive person. In Molière’s Tartuffe, the author successfully employs a conventional character through Mariane, to demonstrate the strife that fanaticism and