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Insecurity In Edmond Rostand’s Play Cyrano De Bergerac

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“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” (Confucius) Cyrano’s insecurity of his nose effects his relationship with Roxane. In Edmond Rostand’s play Cyrano De Bergerac, Cyrano’s insecure and eloquent self-perception results in Cyrano’s companionship & loving in his relationship with both Christian & Roxane. Cyrano’s level of eloquence helps him combat the insults of his nose. Cyrano is a poetic, witty, & eloquent man who is insecure & has trouble showing his true feelings for Roxane .Cyrano and Christian work together to win Roxane’s heart, and at the end Cyrano allows love to kill him, even after Roxane discovers & reciprocates his feelings.
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. . Cyrano: I’m afraid your speech was a little short, young man. You could have said . . . oh. All sorts of things, varying your tone to fit your words. Let me give you a few examples . . . Valvert: Such arrogance from an uncouth barbarian who . . . who . . . isn’t even wearing gloves! Who appears in public without ribbons, or tassels, or braid! Cyrano: I Have a different idea of eloquence. I don’t dress like a fop, it’s true, but my moral grooming is impeccable.” (Act I, Scene IV, Page(s) 38-40) Cyrano has an exceptional level of eloquence, courage, and sense of humor; he is able to respond to Valvert’s ridiculing of his nose with ironic criticism instead of violence. Christian goes up to Cyrano and insults his nose during their conversation as Cyrano tells of his battle; even though he is warned, it shows his bravery. “Cyrano: . . . And immediately cut down two of them. As I was attacking a third I saw a sword . . . Christian: Right under your nose Cyrano: Out! All of you! Get out! First Cadet: The tiger has finally awakened! Cyrano: You’re a brave man. Christian: Perhaps, but . . . Cyrano: Embrace me. I’m her brother. Christian: Who’s brother? Cyrano: Hers! Christian: Hers? Cyrano: Roxane’s!” (Act Two, Scene IX & X, Page(s) 98-99) Christian and other cadets assume Cyrano is going to hurt or punish Christian, but they are unaware of the relationship between Cyrano and Roxane. Cyrano’s job is to find out Christian’s view and how he feels about Roxane. Cyrano’s insecurity of his nose puts a burden on himself & his relationship with others. His level of eloquence helps him deal with the criticism of it.
Cyrano is a poetic, witty, & eloquent man who is insecure & has trouble showing his true feelings for Roxane. Cyrano speaks with his good friend Le Bret, about his feeling for a woman. And how he feels he’s too ugly or not good enough for her. “Le Bret: What’s this? Do I understand you rightly? Is it possible that . . . Cyrano: That I’m in love? Yes, it’s true. Le Bret: May I ask with whom? You’ve never told me . . . Cyrano: With whom I’m in love? Come now, think a moment: the nose of mine, which precedes me by quarter of an hour wherever I go, forbids me ever to dream of being loved even by an ugly woman. You ask me whom I love? The answer should be clear to you! Whom else would I love but the most beautiful woman in the world?” (Act one, Scene V, Page 49) Cyrano feels that Roxane is one of a kind and like a god to him. His insecurity plays a big part on him feeling she’s too good for him, and that he dreams and can only dream of being with her. The Duenna tells Cyrano that Roxane wants to speak with him about something in private. Cyrano agrees to meet Roxane at Ragueneau’s shop, knowing all of this is about to happen Cyrano becomes worried and over whelmed. “The Duenna: My lady wishes me to ask her valiant cousin where she can see him in private. Cyrano: see me? The Duenna: Yes. She has things to tell you. When...

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