Unrequited Love In Edmond Rostand's Cyrano De Bergerac

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Cyrano De Bergerac is a story about a great swordsman and a poet pursuing his love for his cousin, Roxane. Although she loves someone else, Cyrano’s love never dies out. After reading Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano De Bergerac, it is seen that there are many recurring themes which serve an importance such as unrequited love, loyalty and fear. The theme of loyalty in this story symbolizes the fact that respect and honor is held above everything. One of these times includes when Cyrano notices Lise and the musketeer exchanging looks and he proves his loyalty to Ragueneau by explaining, “I allow no one-- do you understand?-- To take his name in vain!” (59). This shows that Cyrano will not allow anyone to disrespect Ragueneau like this since honor is…show more content…
This theme creates importance throughout the play as it is portrayed through different characters. One of the common characters that portrays this theme is Cyrano. Ever since the beginning of the play it is noticed that Cyrano loves Roxane but is too afraid to get the words out. He is provided a chance when Roxane asks to meet Cyrano. Roxane begins by explaining that she is in love with someone, someone who loves her back but is too afraid to admit. At this point Cyrano believes that it is him that she is talking about, but she goes on to explain, “I love him...Christian De Neuvillette” (64). This leaves Cyrano heartbroken and crushes his confidence. Although he still loves Roxane he is constantly reminded that he is not good enough for her. One of the times that Cyrano realizes that he is not good enough for Roxane is when Roxane is angered with Christian and explains, “that displeases me/ As much as if you had gone ugly” (102). This reminds Cyrano that his intelligence will never be able to win Roxane over if he is to stay as ugly as he is. Another character that portrays the theme of unrequited love is Valvert, who wishes to marry Roxane. Le Bret gives insight by explaining, Valvert “wishes Roxane to marry him...but she says no”…show more content…
These recurring include unrequited love, loyalty and fear. There are other important themes such as beauty. This theme proves that it isn’t about the outward appearance, but about the inner beauty. This is seen when Roxane explains to Christian, “ugly even-- I should love you still” (162). Although this was an important theme, the more important ones include unrequited love, loyalty and fear. These recurring themes help carry the story along and help the reader better understand the
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