Identity is closely related to voice in Rostand’s play; one’s voice or words are the expression of the soul and are thus linked to one’s true self. Appearances get in the way, since judgments are made on a surface level without any deeper understanding of a given individual’s identity. Mixed identities play a big part as well, as characters often pretend to be others to further their own ends.
Together, Christian and Cyrano create a third character – the perfect suitor for Roxane. It is this fictional man with whom she falls in love, therefore, she never loves either Christian or Cyrano.