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MonkeyNotes-Cyrano De Bergerac by Edmond Rostand
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At the end of the play, Cyrano is injured by one of his enemies, who has a servant drop a log on his head. In spite of the injury, Cyrano comes for his weekly visit with Roxane, Knowing that he is dying, he asks her if he can see and read the letter that she carries near her heart; it is the love letter that she found on Christian's body after his death. As Cyrano reads the letter, it is clear that he is saying the words from memory. Roxane suddenly realizes that truth of the situation. Cyrano is the one with the noble and passionate thoughts and the author of the letters signed by Christian. Although Cyrano denies her accusations, she knows the truth and scolds Cyrano for not telling her sooner. She feels she has been deprived of the opportunity to love him. Cyrano says that her friendship has been enough.

Cyrano dies an appropriate death. Although he bemoans the fact that he has not been dramatically felled by a sword, he dies nobly. Before he breathes his last breath, he stands up and gives his own epitaph, saying he has lived his life with great integrity. For him that is the greatest honor. He dies a happy man, knowing that because of the beauty of his soul, Roxane could have loved him in spite of the ugliness of his face.


In summary, Rostand has painted a wonderfully complex and sensitive character in Cyrano de Bergerac. He creates a psychologically realistic portrait of a man who must accept less than he deserves because he was born ugly. His own mother showed disgust for his appearance, fracturing his self-confidence and making him determined to excel in all things outside of love. Because he feels a woman can never love him, Cyrano willingly sacrifices his self-interest to make the woman he loves happy. Since he has unbelievable verbal skills, he gives Christian the words to woo Roxane and win her love. His ability to live vicariously through Christian, without any destructive jealousy, further magnifies his heroism. Cyrano also has greatness in other areas. He is an intelligent and powerful nobleman, a kind friend, an excellent swordsman, a capable military leader, a witty conversationalist, a polished writer, and a thoughtful human being.

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