Cyrano De Bergerac Courage Analysis

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Demonstrations of Courage in Cyrano de Bergerac Many people ask what the true meaning of having courage is. Many may say it’s the quality of having no fear or being extraordinarily bold. But, what is the nature of true courage? In the play, Cyrano de Bergerac written by Edmond Rostand, true courage is a quality demonstrated by each of the four main characters -- Cyrano, Christian, Roxane, and de Guiche. To begin, the first main character to show courage in the play is Cyrano. Courage is one of the most important characteristics of the play’s main character and protagonist. His examples of courage are almost all reckless tomfoolery and his showy bravery often invites the jealousy of others and violence to settle his fueds. Although dangerous,…show more content…
A second example of Cyrano’s courage is when “‘Watching you other people making friends everywhere—as a dog makes friends! I mark the manner of these canine courtesies and think: "My friends are of a cleaner breed; here comes—thank God—another enemy!" Le Bret responds,“‘But this is madness!”’ But Cyrano continues,“‘Method, let us say. It is my pleasure to displease. I love hatred. Imagine how it feels to face the volley of a thousand angry eyes, the bile of envy and the froth of fear spattering little drops about me, you, good nature all around you, soft and warm, you are like those Italians, in great cowls comfortable and loose, your chin sinks down in to the folds, you shoulders droop. But I, the Spanish ruff I wear around my throat is like a ring of enemies; hard, proud, each point another pride, another thorn, so that I hold myself erect perforce. Wearing the hatred of the common herd haughtily, the harsh collar of Old Spain, at once a fetter and, a halo!”’ (II.90). 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…show more content…
A first example of Christian’s courage is when he first arrives at the house of the Gascons, Cyrano had just returned after the night of the battle against one hundred men. As Cyrano continues to tell the story of his mighty battle to the curious cadets, “‘Crossing swords with half a score at once. I handed one,”’ Christian tries to show bravery by insulting Cyrano’s nose, an act feared by the rest of the cadets, “‘A nosegay”’ (II.95). To Christian’s surprise, the fact that he had the courage to purposefully insult Cyrano’s nose makes Cyrano like him, because he has the same honest tongue that Cyrano does. This becomes one of the foundations of their odd
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