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Cyrano de Bergerac

Cyrano de Bergerac

by Edmond Rostand

Analysis: Tone

Take a story's temperature by studying its tone. Is it hopeful? Cynical? Snarky? Playful?

Mock-Romantic

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 and ability to spin rhyming, metered ballads at the drop of a hat (and amidst a duel) is, of course, ridiculous.

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