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Analysis

Literary Devices in Cyrano de Bergerac

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

Cyrano’s nose is the barrier that keeps him from telling Roxane he loves her. It reminds us that not only is a person judged by others for his appearance, but that a person assimilates these...

Setting

Rostand makes a point of both mocking and paying tribute to seventeenth century France. The setting is, incidentally, the same historical setting which Dumas used for The Three Musketeers. Rostand...

Genre

At times, it’s easy to see that Cyrano is a comedy; it’s outlandish, hilarious, features clever verbal sparring and over-the-top wit. At other times, it seems dark; there is death, thwa...

Tone

Rostand treats most of his characters as larger-than-life figures – especially Cyrano, Roxane, and Comte de Guiche. But his tone is one of mockery. Cyrano de Bergerac, what with his big nose...

Writing Style

Rostand’s style is infused with all the grand heroism of seventeenth century French speech. He uses lyrical flights of poetry and witty repartee as well as all the conventional titles –...

What’s Up With the Title?

So there’s no beating around the bush with this title. Cyrano de Bergerac is the main character of the play, and also a real guy on whom Rostand based his work. The "Comedy in Five Acts" bit...

Plot Analysis

Love triangles (squares?). There’s quite a bit of conflict even in our opening scene. Christian and Cyrano are both in love with the Lady Roxane. However, the powerful Comte de Guiche has oth...

Booker’s Seven Basic Plots Analysis: Comedy

Acts I and IIIn this stage, everyone’s identities are obscured from one another. Christian and Cyrano are both in love with Roxane. Comte de Guiche also wants this chick, but hides behind his...

Trivia

Lady Roxane was also a real person - de Bergerac's cousin - and was married to the Baron of Neuvillette. (Source) The crazy "man on the moon" scene in the play is based off the real de Bergerac's...

Steaminess Rating

Though there are no explicit sex scenes in Cyrano de Bergerac, that doesn’t mean it’s not implied. Lise, for example, is cheating on her husband with a musketeer, and Roxane is the obje...

Allusions

Piere Corneille: Le Cid (I. 30)Piere Corneille (I. 59)Christopher Marlowe: Tambourlaine (I. 128); The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus (I. 399)William Shakespeare: Julius Caesar (I. 245, I, 246);...
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