Cyrano de Bergerac is often dogged by a sense of artfulness, a sense that things are not as real or serious as they should be. This is especially true in the first half of the play and lessens as the play grows more serious in tone and content. Conveying this sense of frivolity, the characters often revert to the language of the stage to describe events, and all the supposedly "spontaneous" dialogue is metered, measured, and rhyming, making events seem scripted and somewhat fake. Numerous references to fairy tales contribute to this feeling of artifice.
Cyrano de Bergerac ultimately views language as artificial, rendering the play itself a mockery of theater.