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Mask Imagery

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

Having a (Masked) Ball

Two characters wear masks in this play—Roxane when visiting Cyrano at Ragueneau’s pastry shop and de Guiche when coming to take Roxane away to the convent. Both wear them for the specific purpose of not being seen and recognized (duh).

But curiously, they are also blinded by their masks; Roxane cannot see that Cyrano loves her and de Guiche cannot see that the madman pretending to have fallen from the moon is Cyrano. This speaks volumes about the huge difference between appearance and reality—appearances can cloud the judgement of both the person being looked at and the person looking.

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