Inner Beauty In Edmond Rostand's Cyrano De Bergerac

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A great poet and dramatist, Edmond Rostand, in his play, Cyrano De Bergerac, outlines the importance of inner and outer beauty and deception that comes with it. Rostand’s purpose is to show how people’s perceptions of themselves can cause problems. Rostand adopts a dramatic, but humorous, tone in order to convey to his readers that everyone is different with their own flaws and perfections, so trying to be like someone else is being untrue to you, which can cause problems. The main character, Cyrano De Bergerac, has an issue facing his insecurities and does not realize his true inner beauty. Cyrano is too focused on his flaws in his appearance to realize that his personality and wit are great traits he carries. When talking about how …show more content…
Even though both like her, they both have insecurities that restrain them from acting upon their feelings. Cyrano has a nose that holds him back and makes him fear rejection and humiliation. When comparing his looks to the looks of Christian, Cyrano thinks he has no chance with Roxanne. Christian also compares himself to Cyrano. He compares himself too much to the wit of Cyrano which causes him to not feel as confident in his personality. Comparing himself to Cyrano makes Christian feel like he would only be a runner up in the competition for Roxanne’s love. He, too, fears rejection due to his insecurity and comparison to others. When Cyrano tells Christian that Roxanne likes him and expects a letter from him, Christian becomes worried and says that as soon as he writes the letter, he will ruin everything. When Cyrano asks why he says that, Christian says, “Because… because I am a fool!” (98). He then says to Christian, “I wish I had your wit,” which shows that he really does not feel confident enough to write a letter to Roxanne (99). Christian thinks that Cyrano has more wit than him and that if he writes a letter, Roxanne will realize that Christian does not have sufficient wit and she will not like him anymore. To overcome this barrier, Cyrano offers to write the letters to Roxanne for Christian. Cyrano writes his own feelings towards Roxanne but has Christian sign them as his own. By …show more content…
If Cyrano would have been true to himself all along and told Roxanne how he really felt then he might have still had a chance with her. Now Cyrano realizes his mistake and has Roxanne thinking she loves someone else. Christian also realizes his mistake because he will never feel like she truly loves him. Christian knows that Roxanne truly loves Cyrano because he is the one that wrote the letters. Because of these choices, Christian may never be happy with the love he receives because it is not rightfully his. Cyrano will have to live knowing that he could have had his feelings reciprocated to him but did not because of his insecurities. Rostand is able to show, through Christian and Cyrano, that everyone has unique traits about them that they should take advantage of and learn to love. When people try to change who they are and compare themselves to other people, it can cause

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