Cyrano de Bergerac

July 10, 2011
By Fayrouz SILVER, Fargo, North Dakota
Fayrouz SILVER, Fargo, North Dakota
9 articles 12 photos 364 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Only dead fish swim with the stream"

"She said, "If you were ugly, I'd only love you more..." act 4, Cyrano de Bergerac

Humorously honest and enjoyable, Cyrano de Bergerac is a charming tale of chivalry mainly told from the perspective of a lovelorn French 'Renaissance Man' with a ridiculously long nose and thousands of enemies. As a play, the text is quick and engaging but retains the comfort of a beloved novel long after the last page has been turned. Set in the exciting French theater scene during the 1600s, the play comically explores the well taught saying that beauty is only skin deep: Cyrano, the creative protagonist, is a talented actor, poet, philosopher, musician, and much more. However remarkable his life is, the only thing that literally gets in his face is his hideous nose.

Christian, Cyrano's comrade, loves the same woman that Cyrano has been thinking about for years--his cousin Roxane! Roxane and Cyrano are casual contacts due to their familial status but the timid, mumbling Christian has trouble connecting with the lively, demanding Roxane. Since Roxane is an intellectual, high-minded woman with a penchant for romantic poetry, Christian begs for Cyrano's help to find the right words to reach her. Although Christian is handsome and has unknowingly already hooked Roxane with his dashing looks, he lacks Cyrano's wit and ease of speech, which Roxane clearly appreciates. Cyrano and Christian partner up to create the ultimate literary hero by combining Cyrano's dramatic, heart stopping prose to be delivered by Christian's handsome profile underneath Roxane's balcony. Although Cyrano secretly envies Christian's fabulous looks, he delights in writing the love letters for Roxane because it allows him to vicariously enjoy a secret love. Roxane eventually falls in love according to Christian's plan but the truth slowly unravels when war with the Spanish breaks out, and Cyrano and Christian rush to the battle to defend France.

Humour and sarcasm soften Cyrano's rugged emotions, but the bare, delicate messages of the fragility of feelings and the importance of a true heart are honestly conveyed at the end. Written in 1897 by Edmond Rostand, this literary classic has been performed numerous times and created into movies, such as the 1987 comedy "Roxanne," starring Steve Martin. Easy to read without the constant accompaniment of SparkNotes, yet enriching enough to be considered of literary merit, readers will fall in love with Cyrano de Bergerac's sweet, tragic ending.

The author's comments:
Even though this play is one of those "classics," I feel it's a piece that teenagers can genuinely enjoy and recommend to friends because of its universal message.

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This article has 8 comments.

on Aug. 9 2011 at 9:03 pm
StrangeJade PLATINUM, Relative Obscurity, California
36 articles 17 photos 391 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it." - Life of Pi

I read this in 7th grade!! I love this book so very much. ^-^ The teacher let me read Cyrano's lines during his death scene. (...Even though I'm a girl.) But it was fun! :)

on Aug. 8 2011 at 11:56 pm
wordlover27 GOLD, Vancouver, Other
15 articles 0 photos 13 comments

Favorite Quote:
‎"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness..."
-Audrey Hepburn

It sounds like a really interesting read and I like how it's not a typical teenage choice...amid all the vampire novels nowadays it seems very fresh.

on Aug. 8 2011 at 9:14 pm
authorkid BRONZE, Hazel Park, Michigan
1 article 0 photos 12 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Teller of untruths, your pants have combusted!" I wish I knew the guy who came up with it. I'm borrowing it in my book. I found the saying on MLIA

good! it's informative, and it's not lrepetative, nor is it too deep, where only an english professor would like it. it captiviates anyones interest

Fayrouz SILVER said...
on Aug. 7 2011 at 12:00 am
Fayrouz SILVER, Fargo, North Dakota
9 articles 12 photos 364 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Only dead fish swim with the stream"

i'm glad you've found a play you might possibly enjoy. i'll admit i sometimes needed sparknotes for it, but only in the beginning or during crucial points when i wasn't sure what someone had meant. this is actually a good read, too, b/c you can use it on the AP exam, i've heard. hope you enjoy it!

on Aug. 6 2011 at 9:40 pm
Garnet77 PLATINUM, Sinagpore, Other
31 articles 6 photos 578 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Everything's a triangle." ~ My mother

"Write what you love, write what you care about, because sometimes, it's the easiest way to be heard."

This is very, very good!!! I really want to read this now!!! The writing flowed well, and you combined the perfect amount of opinion and plot of the story to make this sound very interesting. Five stars :)

on Aug. 6 2011 at 8:44 pm
CarrieAnn13 GOLD, Goodsoil, Other
12 articles 10 photos 1648 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." --Douglas Adams

"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." --Marcus Aurelius

I remember reading this in the forum.  Good job with this polished version!

tealbird said...
on Aug. 6 2011 at 8:42 pm
I totally meant to give you 5 stars but I only clicked on 4!

tealbird said...
on Aug. 6 2011 at 8:39 pm
Let me just say that plays and I don't exactly have a good relationship. I haven't found one that I actually enjoy reading it, except for maybe 'Macbeth', which was at best only bearable. But you have made me want to read this! Not only was this piece well-written, but it was also well-informed and I'm seriously going to look for a copy to read!


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