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Monday, October 24, 2005

Cyrano de Bergerac by Rostand (French, 1897)

Comic play about a hot-tempered solider whose enormous nose keeps him from succeeding with the ladies until one, Roxanne, is able to see the beauty within him.


  • Cyrano de Bergerac, by Rostand. This is a play. The play’s main theme is inner beauty VS outer beauty. It also brings up the theme of Danger in Deception. The main conflict in the play was Cyrano’s inability to express his love for Roxane. He does not have enough self-confidence to tell her he loves her because he has a big nose. Cyrano de Bergerac is about a man who is in love with his cousin, but he is too afraid to tell her he loves her especially after she tells him that she loves a man named Christian. The two men decide to team up and Cyrano is the intellect and Christian is the image. The play is interesting and entertaining. There are a good amount of jokes and it does not drag on. I agree with the author’s view that outer beauty is more important to a lot of people in society rather than inner beauty. I do not agree that outer beauty should be the most important thing. The issue the play raises is the danger in deception. Christian and Cyrano team up to deceive Roxane, which ends in her not loving either of them. I agree with the author that people should not be deceived. If someone is deceived by a loved one then the love they had for them would dissolve. I thought that the book brought up a lot interesting issues. Inner and outer beauty is a strong theme in society and the fear of love is often felt. It is hard to approach love because of a fear of rejection, which is what the author expresses. I think that someone who enjoys a little comedy but still has a soft spot for a love story would enjoy this book. I would recommend reading this play one Act at a time and taking notes on different vocabulary word possibilities. I would recommend taking notes on the different men that love Roxane and the different symbols shown through love. The theme of inner VS outer beauty makes the play comedic and the love that Cyrano has for Roxane is expressed through the poetry he writes. This play is funny and romantic and I recommend reading it for the Independent Study.

    By Blogger Dani B, at 3:15 PM  

  • Edmond Rostand’s “Cyrano de Bergerac” is a play written in the 19th century, set in 17th century France. There are many themes, but a couple of the most important are inner vs. outer beauty and self-esteem. The character of Cyrano, and several other characters are based on real people, and several occurrences in the play are based on the real life of Cyrano de Bergerac, but the real Cyrano who lived in the 17th century is not really the same person as the one depicted in Rostand’s play.
    Cyrano is an over-the-top Renaissance man- a poet, a swordfighter, a soldier, an actor, and even a playwright. He is the owner, however, of a very large nose that gets in the way of adding “lover” to his list of occupations. He is in love with his cousin, who is very beautiful, but he does not have the guts to tell her that he loves her. His cousin, Roxane, in turn, loves Christian, a cadet in the same regiment as Cyrano. Roxane is very intelligent and expects Christian to be witty. Christian is not at all a man of words and relies on Cyrano to write love letters to Roxane for him.
    Eventually, the two are sent into battle, and Cyrano continues the love letters to Roxane under Christian’s name. As the plot unfolds, it is discovered that Roxane does not love the real Christian, but rather his letters- ultimately she loves Cyrano, but the rest of the play deals with what Cyrano chooses to do with his secret love for Roxane, especially after Christian is struck by tragedy.
    “Cyrano de Bergerac” is hard to follow because everything is dialogue and one has to imagine what is going on. Sometimes the language is difficult to follow because of the time period it is written in, but the humor is sharp and witty in many sections if the reader is keen enough to pick up on it. If you want a funny, sharp, interesting read that doesn’t take a standard view on romance “Cyrano de Bergerac” is worth reading.
    This project takes a lot of work- don’t put it off until the last minute. I spent two weekends, virtually all weekend, getting everything together. Get on top of it before it’s too late. Go. Do it now.

    By Blogger chrism, at 5:02 PM  

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