Take out your hankies—you're going to be both crying with laughter and crying with serious sadness before this play is over.
Yep—this bad boy is going to give you all the feels. Seriously: pick an emotion and Cyrano de Bergerac will have you feeling it. You want to swoon? Listen to one of the titular big-shnozed hero's love speeches. You want to feel scorn? Check out the weasel-y Compte de Guiche's manic machinations. Cyrano's body issues have you covered. There's a dang battle scene that's full of suspense and blood and guts. But the major emotion you'll feel during the reading or watching, if you're lucky enough to see a stage production of Cyrano is admiration for Edmond Rostand's verbal acrobatics and blisteringly witty banter.
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Cyrano de Bergerac is a play about an eloquent, talented, and brave man and his love for a beautiful woman, Roxane. Not so much.
Because Our Hero is kind of an uggo—he has a nose the size of an elephant's trunk and a resulting inferiority complex the size of Jupiter. So what does he do?
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He decides to use his eloquence to woo his beloved Roxane Light-hearted in nature, this work is full of frivolous pomp and overblown dialogue bursting at the seams with rhyming couplets. The translated meter you often see in English versions is iambic pentameter, which, as we all know, is a party waiting to happen. Published in French in , Cyrano de Bergerac hit the stages of Paris to instant acclaim. Under the flourishes of renowned stage actor Constant Coquelin to whom Rostand dedicated his play , Cyrano came to life.
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The real Cyrano de Bergerac was a French dramatist who lived from , which means Rostand did his history homework. De Bergerac really did fight at the Siege of Arras in and died in The standard, after-school special lesson of Cyrano de Bergerac is that we should all look past appearances and try to see people for who they really are. But although we at Shmoop love after-school specials for their cheese and camp factors—especially if they star insanely an amped-up Helen Hunt!
No one does. Especially not Edmond Rostand, the hyper-witty author of Cyrano de Bergerac.
Instead, his play hinges on a much more nuanced bit of wisdom: don't let your own shortcomings—or long comings, in the case of Cyrano's oversized beak—hobble you. The model for the Roxane character of the Rostand play was Bergerac's cousin, who lived with his sister, Catherine de Bergerac, at the Convent of the Daughter of the Cross. As in the play, Bergerac did fight at the Siege of Arras a battle of the Thirty Years' War between French and Spanish forces in France though this was not the more famous final Battle of Arras , fought fourteen years later.
However, the plotline of Rostand's play, Cyrano de Bergerac , involving Roxane and Christian is entirely fictional. Cyrano was a pupil of French polymath Pierre Gassendi , a canon of the Catholic Church who tried to reconcile Epicurean atomism with Christianity. In the former, Cyrano travels to the moon using rockets powered by firecrackers it may be the earliest description of a space flight by use of a vessel that has rockets attached and meets the inhabitants.
The moon-men have four legs, firearms that shoot game and cook it, and talking earrings used to educate children. His mixture of science and romance in the last two works furnished a model for many subsequent writers, among them Jonathan Swift , Edgar Allan Poe and probably Voltaire. The play suggests that he was injured by a falling wooden beam in while entering the house of his patron, the Duc D'Arpajon. However the academic and editor of Cyrano's works, Madeleine Alcover, uncovered a contemporary text which suggests an attack on the Duke's carriage in which a member of his household was injured.
It is as yet inconclusive as to whether or not his death was a result of the injury, or an unspecified disease. He was buried in a church in Sannois. However, there is strong evidence to support the theory that his death was a result of a botched assassination attempt as well as further damage to his health caused by a period of confinement in a private asylum, orchestrated by his enemies, who succeeded in enlisting the help of his own brother Abel de Cyrano.
This play, which became Rostand's most successful work, revolves around Cyrano's love for the beautiful Roxane, whom he is obliged to woo on behalf of a more conventionally handsome but less articulate friend, Christian de Neuvillette. The play has been made into operas and adapted for cinema several times and reworked in other literary forms and as a ballet. It bears no resemblance to Rostand's play apart from the characteristics of the de Bergerac character. Kennedy 's novel So I Am Glad , the narrator finds de Bergerac has appeared in her modern-day house share.
In Robert A. Heinlein 's novel Glory Road , Oscar Gordon fights a character who is not named, but is obviously Cyrano. Fiction poetry with the premise that Cyrano wrote a sequence of 57 sonnets during the last year of his life. Heavily annotated. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the French dramatist. For the play by Edmond Rostand, see Cyrano de Bergerac play. For other works with this title, see Cyrano de Bergerac disambiguation.
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Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. At the time, it was usual for a baptism to take place within 3 days of birth and in Paris, with easy access to a priest, it would have been possible that it happened on the same day. However, the actual date remains unknown.
Therefore he was born before In the 18th century, the estate of Bergerac returned to its old name of Sous-Forets. There are a few passable parts in that piece, but all the rest falls flat. But the expression is an invention of the 19th century and appears nowhere in the works of Sorel. In the Middle Ages, it had been one of the streets that an ordinance of Saint Louis designated as the only ones where "women of dissolute life" had the right to "keep their brothels".
But it seems, reading Henri Sauval , that in Cyrano's time it had not had, for the past two centuries, that designation or reputation. Why not?
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Didn't they have plenty of others among the libertines? Pourquoi pas? N'y en eut-il pas bien d'autres parmi les libertins? Cambridge University Press. The Cambridge Illustrated History of France 1st ed. Retrieved A Heinlein Concordance. Heinlein Society. Cyrano de Bergerac at Wikipedia's sister projects. Edmond Rostand 's Cyrano de Bergerac.