Heroic Comedy In Rostand's Cyrano

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Even though Rostand’s Cyrano has faced many misfortunes, his worst moment comes right before his death, where instead of accepting it, he faces it optimistically, making his tale seem more like a heroic comedy. In the final act, Cyrano has been mortally wounded by a log of wood that fell on his head. When he is laid down, due to his wound, Cyrano decides to stand up, grab his sword, and pretend to fight. He claims, “I know them now, my ancient enemies, falsehood… prejudice, compromise, cowardice… What’s that? No! Surrender? No! Ah, you to, Vanity! I knew you would overthrow me in the end. No! I fight on! I fight on! I fight on!” (IV. 227). Here, even though Cyrano is about to die in a way that he finds unhonorable, he still attempts to make
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