13 February 2013
Theme: People hide flaws and instead blind others with false pride because of the fear of showing insecurity.
The book that is analyzed in this inquiry is called ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ and was written by Edmond Rostand. He has made the setting of the book in the 1600's, but he wrote it in 1897. There is a reason why he chose an older setting, because the story is based on the theme of people hiding flaws and instead blind others with false pride because of the fear of showing insecurity. The setting proves that no matter what the time period is, people have always been afraid of showing insecurity and pretend to be someone else to hide that flaw. What Edmond Rostand shows in this theme is: people hiding flaws and instead blind others with false pride and eventually that will come back to hurt the people that lie about themselves. Even the main character, Cyrano, has to face this unfortunate decision of living a lie or telling the truth. Cyrano is so choked up by his flaw of an oversized nose that he believes that Roxane would never love him and so he disguises himself as Christian in letters and in person. For Example, in Act III: Scene V, Cyrano and Christian start to carry a conversation with Roxane from her balcony window. In this conversation, Roxane only believes that Christian is in her presence because she cannot see through the window. When the act begins, Christian says, “I love you” (Rostand 120), but that does not please Roxane because of the small amount of detail when she says, “You’re giving me water when I expected cream! Tell me how you love me.” (Rostand 120) Christian then ultimately fails to please her when he only repeats himself, causing him to lose Roxane’s patience. But that is not bad news for Cyrano, because Christian then beckons Cyrano to speak his words of love to Roxane, but in Christian’s name. Cyrano is unsure of doing this friendly deed, but uses this accidental...
Cited: Rostand, Edmond. Cyrano De Bergerac. New York, NY: Penguin Group, 1897. Print.
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