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The Play Cyrano De Bergerac By Edmond Rostand

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Looks can be a very determining factor, and sometimes people's appearances can affect what she or he can or can not do in society and what they do to fit into it. The play Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand, is a good example of how this idea is put into play. The main character, Cyrano de Bergerac, is portrayed as a hideous person, because of the size of his nose. As someone who does not fit with in society, yet he changes his morals, attitude, and personality to make up for his grotesque appearance. As the play progresses from act to act we the readers realize that Cyrano is this magnificent character. We begin to understand how his ugliness has shaped his life, how the deformity on his face has forced him to learn new skills and to become a better person.
At the beginning of the play, Cyrano is introduced as a brave person, a force to be reckoned with. This can be seen in Act one, Scene four, when Cyrano decides to cancel the play because he had ordered Montfleury off the stage. However when the crowd begins to get angry, Cyrano says "An I issue a collective challenge! Come, I'll write down your names. Skip forward young heroes! You'll all have a turn, I'll give each of you a number. Now who wants to be at the top of the list? You, sir? No? You? No? I'll dispatch the first duelist with all the honors that are his due. All of you who want to die, hold up your hands. Does modesty forbid you to look at my naked sword?" Yet, no one step up to him, at least not at that given moment. They were afraid that Cyrano was going to live up to his word and kill anyone that dared step up. By issuing this challenge Cyrano showed what made him such a magnificent character . He showed his morals, what he believed was right, and how he was willing to fight to the death for them. Cyrano then becomes everything that is morally right. His concept of life, of how one must live by the morals he or she belives in and be willing to stand up them no matter the consequences. Edmond Rostand never explains what truly pushed Cyrano to become such a righteous person. Was it because he was destined to be so, or was it the fact that he had a horrendous nose, that pushed him to become what he became? This, of course, is not self inpose; another of the main characters, Christian, is the total opposite of Cyrano. He has beauty, and this is stress through out the book. However he lacks Cyrano's morals, attitude and personality, leaving him with looks; what Cyrano lacks. In Act two, Scene six, Roxane describes him to Cyrano. "His face shines with wit and intelligence. He's proud, noble, young, fearless, handsome......". But even though he has beauty, he does not have all the talents that make Cyrano an amazing person. Christian himself admits to this in Act one Scene two" I'm afraid she maybe coquettish and refined. I don't dare to speak to her, because I have no wit. I don't know how to use the elegant language that's in style now days. I'm only a soldier, a shy...

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