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Cyrano de Bergerac

Cyrano de Bergerac

  

by Edmond Rostand

Cyrano de Bergerac Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

Cyrano's Nose

Shnoz With A CauseThis is seriously one of the most famous body parts in literature, along with Samson's curly locks, Captain Hook's (lack of) hand, and a certain old landlord's tell-tale heart.In...

Letters

Snail Mail TrailClothes may make the man... but his words are what gets Roxane's heart a-fluttering. Cyrano is a master wordsmith and he stays up nights spilling tons of ink to lett his lovely lady...

Tears and Blood

Blood and Tears... Where's the Sweat?There are a million reasons why this play makes us happy that we live in the 21st century (Facetime would really clear the whole identity-to-words thing right u...

The Moon

Man on the MoonAh, la luna. The most romantic celestial body. The bringer of the softest light. The home of... Socrates and Galileo?In Act III, the moon is the happy fantasy of Cyrano as he pretend...

The White Plume

Plume With A ViewOn the battlefield, the white plume is a mark of military rank, a target for enemy guns. The fact that de Guiche threw his away in the heat of battle means he’s a huge ninny... a...

Food and Drink Imagery

Thanks, Rostand. Now We're Hungry.Food and drink aren't just thrown into this play so the actors have something to snack on. This imagery also let the audience know how serious/not serious the onst...

Mask Imagery

Having a (Masked) BallTwo 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...

Dueling Imagery

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 flo...

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