Cyrano de Bergerac

by: Edmond Rostand

De Guiche

Characters De Guiche

De Guiche is an opposing double to Cyrano. He represents everything that Cyrano would become if Cyrano were to use his wit for flattery and social climbing. De Guiche is a violent, vengeful, and bitter man. As the play’s villain, he constantly plans to have Cyrano killed, and he is unafraid to admit it.

He serves as a symbol of misguided aristocracy and ineffective leadership. His troops do not respect him. They approve of him only late in the play, when he leads a complex military maneuver for the French and then helps rescue Roxane from the dangers of battle. He does become a better person near the end of the play—a change stemming from Cyrano’s remarkable example of kindness, heroism, and respectability.