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Cyrano de Bergerac

Cyrano de Bergerac

by Edmond Rostand

Dueling Imagery

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

We’re not just talking about swordfights here – we’re talking about verbal sparring and wooing. This connection is established at the beginning of the play when a guardsman’s pursuit of a flower girl is intermingled with two lackeys fighting. The language of love is mixed with the language of a duel, as are the images of pursuit, retreat, victory, and defeat.

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