Analysis of Cyrano de Bergerac as a Romantic Work Essay
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Analysis of Cyrano de Bergerac as a Romantic Work
Appeal to emotions, individualism, and intellectual achievement were three important elements of Romanticism. This essay will explore the degree to which Cyrano de Bergerac exemplifies these elements of Romanticism.
First and foremost is the appeal to emotions. All of the other facets of romanticism can be related to the emotional appeal in Cyrano de Bergerac. Because strong emotional appeal is perhaps the most important method used by the author to create identity with the reader, especially in romantic works, the actions which elicit the emotional responses must, then, show a great deal about the character. The character's motives and philosophies can be determined…show more content…
The reader feels strongly for Cyrano to "go for it!" and is proud and respectful toward him because of his "magnelephant" actions.
Cyrano's actions and the resulting emotional response from the reader, then, portray him as an individual. During this age of romanticism, this was considered to be the "chic" thing to do. Here we have the feeling of the fashionability of Cyrano's actions. He is a moral leader which the people look up to.
As the play progresses, we are shown various incidents in the play which elicit emotional responses from the reader: the longing Cyrano has for Roxane; his belief that he can never have her because of his appearance; a comical intervention as Christian gets a nose up on Cyrano; Cyrano and Christian working together to court Roxane; the author of the letters to Roxane being unknown to her; the passionate speech which Cyrano delivers to Roxane from behind the shrub; the existence of the cadets in such grim conditions; the death of Christian; the final resolution of Cyrano's love for Roxane and his death.
These emotions are what define the play and make it great.
A second characteristic of romanticism is individualism. Throughout the play, it is regarded as noble in spirit to be individualistic, and Cyrano demonstrates to this effect repeatedly. His "white plumes of freedom" are perhaps the most vivid example of this independent spirit. He openly and willingly defies the standards set forth by traditional culture in
Essay about Review of Cyrano de Bergerac
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There are not many movies that have been produced that consider the nature of beauty and inner self, while still having an emotive storyline, the film Cyrano de Bergerac is one of them. The tangled relationships of Roxane, Cyrano and Christian, along with many minor characters of the film, explore what is most important and what truly prevails in love. Even though at the end of the film you are left with a melancholy feeling brought up by the fact that the main characters quite literally lose everything, you still find that it has given the viewer a message. A message saying that you will not get what you want if you don’t try or if you stay quiet, even if you are rejected at least you tried.
The message of the film is truly embodied by…show more content…
Knowing now, that if he expresses his love he is surely to be rejected, he does not speak a word. When Christian comes to him wanting to write poetry, Cyrano comes up with the plan that he will write the letters for Christian. He does not mean this as a ruse but as a way of expressing his love for Roxane. Roxane eventually falls in love with the writer, while believing it to be Christian still, yet any chance of a relationship between the two fails because of Christian’s untimely bereavement. We ultimately see that neither Roxane nor Cyrano achieve love.
Love is represented as the most important value, above life, in this film and we see this through Roxane and Cyrano’s relationship, Cyrano loved Roxane more than his life. He even went to see her when he knew he was going to die soon. He didn’t think of the consequences and his love prevailed because he wanted to see her just one more time, because he made her a promise. Also, their relationship gives us an indication into the true nature of beauty and inner self, when it shows us that there are two kinds of beauty, inner and outer, yet the latter is more important because it shows us a person’s soul.
The film also indicates ideas of false and misguided love, as seen by the characters of Roxane and Christian, who believe that they are in love with each other but are in fact in love with other people. Roxane first falls in love with Christian for