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Cyrano is courageous, poetic, witty, and eloquent.
He is a remarkable fighter, poet, musician, and philosopher, as
well as a lover of beauty, ideals, and values.
Never presented in a bad or unflattering light, Cyrano is difficult
to dislike. Throughout the play, Cyrano acts according to his uncompromising
sense of values and morals. He remains steadfast in his pursuit
to become an honorable man and comes to represent the kind of man
that everyone would like to be—and more.
Cyrano displays bravado reminiscent of the warrior tradition, never
talking himself or others out of a fight. Cyrano’s brashness has earned
him many enemies. His lack of self-confidence and low self-esteem,
however, prove to be his most potent adversaries. More powerful
than the simple flaw from which they grew—his nose—Cyrano’s insecurities
prevent him from attaining what he cherishes most: love. His inner
beauty wins over everyone, but he, and only he, fails to forget
about his large nose. In public, Cyrano appears heroic, possessed
of an extraordinary wit and a dizzying array of skills. His private
self, however, is dark and despondent. Rather than marring his image,
the few flaws that Cyrano possesses appear so fundamental to the
human condition that they evoke an even deeper appreciation of his
Cyrano never wavers in his commitment to Roxane, but
he may not be truly in love with her. Perhaps he is in love with
the idea of love and of being in love. After all, Cyrano worships
and obeys the magic, mystery, and poetry of love, as well as the
powers and art of romance. Delighted by the romantic challenge of
dying for love, Cyrano allows love to kill him in the end, even
after Roxane discovers and reciprocates his feelings.
Ace your assignments with our guide to Cyrano de Bergerac!