The Role Of Love In Edmond Rostand's Cyrano De Bergerac

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Cyrano de Bergerac Response Paper Since plastic surgery was unavailable in the nineteenth century, unfortunate genetics were unadjustable, people like Cyrano were forced to keep their unattractive features and overcome the adversity and disadvantages that come with those features. Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac is a timeless tale of materialism, beauty and the part they play in disintegrating true love. Despite being written in 1897 Rostand’s play is relevant today because it shows how humans want a perfect significant other and desperately search for an impossible dream of finding someone with both inner and outer beauty. Rostand’s character Christian represents outer beauty and as he self-describes himself “I have a cursed pretty face” (Rostand n.pag.) recognizing that it is not always a blessing to have beauty and no substance which remarkably Christian comes to realize by himself. Love is thrown around quickly in the presence of beauty and despite Christian seeing this he and understanding love at first is relatively fickle he still partakes when he sees Roxane for the first time. Christian is quick to claim he loves Roxane but he barely knew her name at the time:
“There! Quick—up there— In the box! Look!
[LIGNIÈRE (coolly)] Herself?
[CHRISTIAN] Quickly—Her name?
[LIGNIÈRE] (Sipping his wine, and speaking between sips)
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Furthermore, it is good to be cautious of love at first sight, because sometimes the most damaging people are the ones we let in without considering the implications. Christian does not even hesitate to declare his undying love for Roxane and in doing so he could have created a beastly situation: Roxane could have been a horrible human being but because Christian judges her by her beauty not her personality he would not have discovered his mistake until too

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