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
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
Even with his enormous nose, Cyrano manages to maintain a prideful air, and he boasted about his nose without shame. “‘Tis an appendage I am proud to bear, because a large nose is the unfailing sign of a good man and kindly, generous, courteous, full of courage and of wit;” (Rostand, 32) Also, he was self-centered in that he never thought about the consequences of
His uncouth appearance had made Cyrano insecure about his looks, and he uses violence to overcome that insecurity. In Act I, Cyrano had accused The Mendler for looking at his nose, when in fact The Mendler was minding his own business. Instead, Cyrano started to yelled at him and eventually he had punched the Mendler. This short scene, indicates that Cyrano puts plenty of attentions to his nose, even though people are not aware of that “flaw”. Human beings put so much attention to that specific that they don 't like, and tends to cause problems among themselves and others around them.
Cyrano has confidence in executing his grand gestures, one of them including his high standards in art and theatre. At the Hotel de Bourgogne, the play La Clorise has just started. Montfleury, an actor, enters the stage when suddenly Cyrano, who is not part of the play interrupts him. Cyrano demands Montfleury to “leave the stage—at once!” (20).
“though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil”-psalms 23:4. What this means is that whatever goal you're trying to accomplish there's going to be unpredictable obstacles. Some harsher than the last, and even might bring you to the brink of death; but in your mind you don't care about those obstacles. You fear nothing... You are unconquerable.
Then I dream- and i forget… And then i see the shadow of my profile on the wall! “ (i,41) Cyrano believes no woman
At one point in the play, Cyrano finds the confidence to say, “...All I must do is lay my heart beside this sheet of paper and copy what’s written on it” (Rostand 43). When Cyrano finds this small glimpse of courage, he is still in doubt with himself so he wrote his feelings because he is convinced his words and prettier than him. Anyone can see that even though Cyrano loves Roxane he will do everything to make her happy, even if it means putting his love on the lines. “Whatever words come to me, and even as they come, I will fling them into wild clusters and not wrap them in a careful bouquet. I love you!
In the play Cyrano De Bergerac by Edmond Rostand, the main character Cyrano de Bergerac exhibits virtuous behaviors such as bravery, selflessness and loyalty. Cyrano discusses with Roxane about how she wants Cyrano to protect Christian so he does not gets hurt, she goes on to say that Cyrano exemplifies a sense of bravery for fighting 100 men, he replies with “ ‘I have shown more since’ ” (Rostand 47). Cyrano says that he has shown more courage in talking to Roxane than it took to fight 100 men. Seconds before Christian dies, Cyrano tells him “ ‘I’ve told her everything.
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.
He often challenges people to do things that put others in danger because he believes he is the best. For example, Ragueneau states of Cyrano, “Cocky, insolent, Gascony-proud he goes…” (Rostand 16). This expresses how others view Cyrano from his actions. Another reason the play ends up in a downfall is because of his lack of confidence when it comes to love.
Has one ever met someone who would gladly help someone else and fight a group of attacker one hundred to one. Well this is the type of person Cyrano was. He was born an adventurous child and was always get hurt or in trouble play fighting with sticks. This played a part that In Cyrano de Bergerac By Edmond Rostand, Cyrano is the perfect example of a gentleman with his respect of others, pride, and noble status. The first trait that shows that Cyrano is the perfect example of a gentleman is his pride.
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
Because of the interference of the Cyrano’s nose, he 's unable to state his love to Roxanne. Instead of taking the opportunity to tell Roxane that he loves her in Act 5, when Roxane finds out that Cyrano was the one that wrote the letters to her, he denies it. By doing that, Cyrano is unable to overcome that lack of confidence he has, and he does not have the strength to face his own fear and his insecurity. By not confessing his love to Roxane, he has been defeated by his insecurity that took a toll on his life. Even though, Roxane had seen past his “flaw” into his real self, unfortunately Cyrano cannot fully understands what Roxanne saw in him.
In the book Phantom of the Opera, Erik is a man who has a lot of power; he would use his power to hurt and manipulate people. He was a man of trade and had the ability to manipulate people with his amazing skills as a lover of magic. Many people wondered how he had gotten to that point, but they soon realized when they noticed how ugly he was. His mother and father never loved him because of how unattractive he was.