Cyrano's Inevitable Destiny
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Cyrano\'s Inevitable Destiny
Cyrano\'s Inevitable Destiny
Who should take the blame for this tragedy? In Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac, Cyrano is portrayed as a valiant hero who exhibits humorous intelligence as well as great generosity. However, if we examine the play more carefully, we would find that Cyrano is personally responsible for his downfall; his constant aspiration for perfection and excessive deception eventually leads to his death. Such ornery behavior is exhibited when he adamantly insists on being himself, when he feigns the love letters for Christian, and when he hesitates to tell the truth and confess his love to Roxane. These acts ultimately aid in his defeat, leading us to conclude Cyrano is the only one to blame for his own destruction.
Throughout the play, Cyrano exhibits his obstinate and presumptuous personality. He adamantly believes that his way is the only way and he defies any opposing force that comes against him. He refuses to listen to any sound advice from his friends. The most obvious example is when he refuses De Guiche\'s offer to be his patron. Instead of accepting the advice from his best friend, Le Bret, he has a rousing “No Thank You” tirade in front of the Cadets where he openly refuses to be under De Guiche’s patronage, proclaiming that living under another man\'s honor is beneath him.
“Seek for the patronage of some great man,
And like a creeping vine on a tall tree
Crawl upward, where I cannot stand alone?
No thank you!”
However, Cyrano should have realized that with De Guiche’s support he would have a higher status and a more stable economic source. The reason why Cyrano\'s ingenuity is never publicly recognized is because his poems are never published. Not only does he not have funds to pay for their publication, but his poems are often spontaneous and thus recapturable in their context without the situation to which it applied. A number of his poems are also on the objectionable because of the merciless way he regards others. If he would seize this brilliant opportunity, he would have made more friends and fewer enemies, and he would not have died so young. It was his impudent satire that infuriated his enemies to the point of conspiring his "accidental" death. This somewhat rash action reflects on Act I when he threw a bag of gold to the audience for the cancellation of the play. It seems that Cyrano is throwing away another sack of treasure, but this time, he jeopardizes his own life to retain his honor.
Because Cyrano is not confident that he can win over Roxane with his grotesque looks, he attempts to win her by collaborating his intellect and Christian\'s handsome face. Cyrano fears that if he announces his love to Roxane, she will laugh at his enormous nose. Although Cyrano is brave enough to fight off one hundred men, this phobia of rejection is terrifying enough to him that he is unable to tell Roxane that he loves her deeply. Cyrano feigns the love letters for Christian, who is not greatly skilled in the field of writing. This action seems to be a brilliant idea, but it causes a great beguilement since Roxane has deeply fallen in love with both Christian’s looks and Cyrano\'s persuasive writing.
“A situation for a poet! Come.
Shall we collaborate? I’ll be your cloak
Of darkness, your each anted sword, your ring
To charm the fairy Princess!
If Cyrano hadn’t write love letters for Christian, Christian would not have been able to express his love for Roxane, and she would not have fallen in love with his inane mind. Cyrano should have realized that Roxane is a preciuse, who would not have loved a plain-spoken man. He should have had the courage to deliver the letter himself. If he had signed the letter and given it to Roxane, perhaps she would be angry and dejected at first, but his eloquent writing would eventually have won her love and admiration. However, Cyrano doesn’t consider the consequence of this behavior. He should have realized that realistically he is not helping Christian. His idea only harms both Christian and Roxane by causing a dishonest relationship between the three of them.
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Operas, French-language operas, English-language films, Cyrano de Bergerac, Cyrano, Roxanne, Cyrano: The Musical
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