Courage is one of the most important characteristics of Cyrano de Bergerac’s worthy hero. Cyrano’s courage is almost reckless tomfoolery and his showy bravery often invites the jealousy of others. Conversely, cowardice is a mark of an unworthy man in this play – often one of the antagonists. In keeping with the chivalric traditions of the time period (seventeenth century France), duels are fought and lives are lost all in the name of courage.
Christian shows more courage than Cyrano by wearing his heart on his sleeve and never trying to deny or fake his feelings.
Cyrano de Bergerac presents courage in an exclusively masculine realm; only the play’s male characters show courage.