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Cyrano de Bergerac

Cyrano de Bergerac

by Edmond Rostand

Tears and Blood

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

When Roxane reads what she believes to be Christian’s dying letter, it is stained with both blood and tears. As the audience knows, the tears are from Cyrano and the blood from Christian. In some ways, this is fitting, since Cyrano represents the emotional half of the man who has been wooing her and Christian the physical. At the end of the play, when Roxane discovers the truth, she declares that the tears were Cyrano’s. He counters that the blood was Christian’s, which means both men were key in winning her love. Even on his death bed, Cyrano doesn’t want to take all the credit. This is also a reminder of what may be guilt on Cyrano’s part; Christian died, so he literally gave up his blood, in part fighting to defend Roxane and her honor.

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