Cyrano De Bergerac Appearance Vs Reality Analysis

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Cyrano de Bergerac
Appearances Vs. Reality Throughout the plot of Cyrano de Bergerac, Edmond Rostand clearly depicts his views by utilizing the theme of appearance versus reality. Cyrano de Bergerac is filled with dramatic plot twists and secrets, thus causing several conflicts to occur. Whether it is due to love or war, the characters remain at odds with each other throughout the majority of this play. As a result, nothing is as it seems. In Act I, Bore and the Viscount make the mistake of criticizing Cyrano’s nose. Although de Bergerac makes a point of dramatizing the incident, he is proud of his ugliness. Cyrano de Bergerac is extremely rebellious against French society. Therefore, despite its unattractive attributes, his nose gives him …show more content…

Cyrano is in a terrible accident when a large piece of wood is dropped on his head, giving him a life-threatening injury. Bed ridden, Cyrano still meets with Roxane at his usual time that day without speaking of his current condition. As Mathieu 4 darkness begins to fall, Cyrano reads one of his letters to Roxane. Once the sky is completely dark, Roxane begins to recognize his voice. The same voice that spoke to her that night under her balcony. Roxane accuses Cyrano of his deception. “Ah - things dead, long dead. See! How they rise again! Why, why keep silence all these fourteen years, When, on this letter, which he never wrote, The tears were your tears? (Rostand 497) However, Even in death Cyrano preserves his friend’s honor. “No my sweet love, I never loved you!” (Rostand 497) Cyrano dies with the knowledge that Roxane returns his love.
Rostand’s morals shine through his characters and his theme of appearances versus reality. Even though Cyrano and the other characters in this drama make detrimental mistakes, they always try to correct them in the end. Cyrano and Christian make the decision to deceive Roxane, but both wish to confess. However, the circumstances do not allow either man to come clean. Rostand’s characters and his own morals represent the love of honor, even in

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