Honor in Cyrano de Bergerac
The definition of honor is a keen sense of ethical conduct. As George Bernard Shaw once said, “A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” Similar to the quote honor is portrayed by Cyrano De Bergerac. In Cyrano de Bergerac, by Edmond Rostand, honor is a key element in the play which is shown through Cyrano’s deeds of honor, how it is based in society, and because Cyrano’s outstanding traits of honor outweigh other characters honor. Cyrano is an honorable man. To begin with, he shows his honor in many ways, but he does not do it to receive praise, he does it because of his faithful personality. For example, when Cyrano hears about the hundred men sent to kill Ligniere, Cyrano has far too much dignity to let Ligniere die when there was something he could do about it. “ A hundred- is that all? You are going home... Forward march! I say I’ll be the man to-night that sees you home. Cyrano speaks towards Ligniere and tells him that he will fight all hundred men single-handedly”(I 53). Cyrano does many deeds which makes him the honorable man he is. Secondly, Cyrano risks his life during every honorable act he carries out. One example of this is when he promises Roxane that Christian will send her a letter each day of battle. Roxanne says to Cyrano, “And have him write to me every single day!” Cyrano replies with “That I promise you!” (III 148). Cyrano’s honorable traits make him cross spanish lines each day to make the love of his life, Roxane happy. Lastly, Cyrano never missed a day visiting Roxane for ten years. His honorability is shown each time he comes to see her. Despite Cyrano being poor or weak he does not miss a visit with Roxane. Cyrano’s love and honor compel him to visit her each day. Cyrano risking his life without a big deal and visiting Roxane proves his honorable qualities. Throughout the play, honor is portrayed by its values in society. Cyrano is a very...
Please join StudyMode to read the full document