FC: Cyrano de Bergerac | by: | By: Edmond Rostant
1: Cyrano de Bergerac is a Musketeer famous for his nose As skilled with his wit as he is with his blade, Cyrano fancies himself the most admirable of all men, but can't believe that any woman could love him because of his very large nose. He helps Christian by writing love letters to Roxane in Christian's name. | Christian de Neuvillette is a nobleman, he comes to Paris to become a Musketeer and join the Royal Guard. He falls in love with Roxane from afar. More handsome than intelligent, he believes that he isn't smart enough for her, so he enlists Cyrano's help to win her heart.
2: Roxane is Cyrano's cousin, she is an unmarried orphan, the object of many men's affections. She falls in love with Christian because he's so beautiful and able to write poetry, although it was really Cyrano who wrote the poetry. | Ragueneau is the proprietor of a famous bakery, he is a poet. After losing his bakery, he takes on a number of different jobs, including becoming Roxane's butler. He is a great friend of Cyrano.
3: Act I Is in a theater where everyone is going because the night before Cyrano had kicked out the main actor and the people wanted to see if he came back. | People come to the theater for many reasons - most are there to see what Cyrano does to Montfluery-which he has forbidden to be in the play. Christian is there to find out the name of the woman he's fallen in love with from afar. Christian is told that the woman's name is Roxane, and learns that a Nobleman, De Guiche, is attempting to make her his wife. Cyrano appears, shocking most with his very large nose. He intimidates Montfleury offstage, but is then insulted by one of De Guiche's friends, Valvert, who doesn't believe that Cyrano is as fierce as everyone says. Cyrano defeats Valvert in a duel while composing a poem, and the audience begins to leave. Roxane's duenna arranges a meeting between Roxanne and Cyrano the next morning. Then, Cyrano hears that a poet friend of his has a hundred assassins waiting for him on the way home, so Cyrano leads the way, offering to fight all of them. A crowd of people follows Cyrano to witness the sight.
4: Act II | The next day, Cyrano waits in his friend's bakery for Roxanne to arrive. She is his cousin, but he is secretly in love with her, and always has been. He's too nervous to tell her how he feels, so he writes a letter to give to her. Roxane arrives to talk with Cyrano, confessing that she's fallen in love with someone. Cyrano is happy for a moment, then he realizes that she's talking about Christian, and she wants Cyrano to help Christian get used to the city - since Christian has just joined the Royal Guard, which Cyrano is the most famous member of. Cyrano promises to look after Christian, and then Roxane leaves. The Royal Guard arrives to congratulate Cyrano on defeating the assassins. De Guiche arrives, and offers to become Cyrano's patron, but Cyrano refuses, and De Guiche leaves. Christian, tricked by the other soldiers, makes the mistake of making fun of Cyrano's nose. To everyone's surprise, Cyrano doesn't hurt Christian, but instead asks to speak to him alone. Once they're alone together, Cyrano explains to Christian that Roxane is in love with him, and tells Christian to write her a love letter. Christian doesn't have any skill with words, so Cyrano gives his love letter to Christian and tells him to sign it and give it to Roxane. | Ragueneau's bakery where there are soldiers and poets. There are foods all over the place like pastries stacked into pyramids and hams hanging from the ceiling.
5: Act III | The house of Roxane is in an old part of town. There is a garden wall with vines on it. Roxane's window is open. | It is now a few weeks later. Cyrano and Christian wait outside Roxane's house. Cyrano has been tutoring Christian on intelligent things to say in conversation to Roxane. Christian thinks he's ready to handle it himself, so Cyrano hides in the shadows. When Roxane comes home, Christian can't think of anything to say, and he offends her. Cyrano offers to help Christian again, feeding him things to say from under Roxane's balcony. Christian can't say the words fast enough, though, so Cyrano just does it himself, telling Roxane how much he loves her while pretending to be Christian. He wins her heart, and she invites Christian inside for a kiss. Meanwhile, De Guiche plans to marry Roxane off to someone insignificant so no one will suspect that she's his mistress. He sends over a monk to perform the ceremony, under the mistaken impression that Christian is ugly and unworthy of Roxane. De Guiche comes to see the ceremony, but Cyrano delays him with fantastic stories until it's too late, and Christian has married Roxane. De Guiche realizes that he's been tricked, and sends Cyrano and Christian's regiment off to fight on the front line in the war with Spain.
6: Act IV | Front line of a war against Spain. | The Royal Guard is camped outside the walls of a city, besieged by Spanish troops. There is no food and everyone is starving. Cyrano returns from mailing one of the letters he fakes from Christian to Roxane. He sees that the men are weary and low on morale, so he gives a speech to rile them men. De Guiche arrives, and tells the Royal Guard that they are going to be used as sacrificial troops to distract the enemy while the real attack begins. Christian tells Cyrano that he wishes he had time to say goodbye to Roxane. Cyrano gives Christian a farewell letter, one that tells Roxane he'll never see her again. Christian is suddenly suspicious - the letter has tears on it. Why would Cyrano care so much? Roxane arrives in a carriage, bringing food for everyone. De Guiche tries to convince her to leave, but when she insists on staying, he agrees to stay as well. Christian has figured out that Cyrano is in love with Roxane, and that all along the things he's been writing in the letters have been his own feelings. Christian demands to know who Roxane really loves, him, or the person who wrote the letters, so he demands that Cyrano tell her the truth and let her decide. Before Cyrano can tell her, Christian is killed in battle, and Cyrano decides to never tell her. Roxane reads Christian's farewell letter and faints. Cyrano tells De Guiche to take her away from the fight. Cyrano and the remaining Royal Guard prepare themselves for the final attack. The Spanish break through their defenses and the battle begins.
7: Act V | At a convent where Roxane has decided to become a nun. In the garden. | It is fifteen years later in a convent outside of Paris. Roxane lives as a secluded widow. Every week, Cyrano comes to give her news from the world. Two of Cyrano's friends arrive to visit, and privately they confer - Cyrano has been attacked, and he's close to death. Neither one knows how to tell Roxane. They go to check on Cyrano's condition, just as Cyrano comes to visit Roxane. He starts reading her his weekly report, then he grows weak, and asks to see the last letter Christian wrote to her. She gives it to him, and he begins reading it to her. Roxane realizes that Cyrano knows the letter by heart, and she figures out that it was Cyrano writing to her all along. Cyrano admits it, and explains that he's only telling her because he's dying. He asks Roxane if she could mourn both him and Christian in her heart, and she agrees. Cyrano composes one last poem while fencing with an invisible enemy, and then finally, he dies.
8: For Cyrano's Rhinoplasty | Price: $10,356.83 Have to stay at hospital overnight While healing nose may be swollen and/or bruised and might have a headache. May also have to wear a splint for the first week. | Before | After
9: Eyes: Cyrano sees his beloved cousin Roxane falling in love with Christian. | Cyrano de Bergerac | Head: Cyrano thinks about showing his love to Roxane through Christian. | Mouth: Cyrano outwits Christian into letting Cyrano write for him. Thus making Roxane Fall in love withCyrano even though it is Christian who she thinks is sending the letters. | Heart: Cyrano feels he is to ugly for any woman to love him. | Hands: Cyrano is a great swordsman and he gets in many fight where he uses these skills to win. | Feet: Cyrano goes to battle because De Guiche made him.
10: "He's famous for his longsword." is a quote from Act I talking about how dangerous Cyrano is with a sword. "What if she turns out to be a prude--or an intellectual? I wouldn't dare speak to her, I don't have the brains. The way people speak and write nowadays makes my head hurt. I'm just an honest, simple, terrified soldier." is a quote made by Christian in Act I when he sees Roxane for the first time. and is afraid of what she will think of him. "My wit is more polished than your mustache. The truth which I speak strikes more sparks from men's hearts than your spurs do from the cobblestones." is a quote made by Cyrano before he gets into a fight with Valvert. "Swine! Did I not forbid you to appear?!" is a quote made by Cyrano when he sees Montfleury at the theater after he told Montfleury not to return. "You're a genuinely good man. There aren't many of you left." is a Quote made by Roxane when she asks Cyrano to watch over Christian for her and he agrees.
11: "His face is like yours, burning with spirit and imagination. He is proud and noble and young and fearless and beautiful" is a quote made by Roxane to Cyrano when she is explaining to him about why she is in love with Christian. "Through the whirlwind which your eyes stir up inside me. But now, in this blessed darkness, I feel I am speaking to you for the first time." This is a quote made by Cyrano when he is talking to Roxane in Act III. Roxane thinks it is Christian who is talking. Cyrano says this because before this his only way of communicating to her was through her thinking it was Christian. "She said, 'If you were ugly, I would only love you more.'" This quote is said by Christian to Cyrano because Christian decides to let Cyrano tell Roxane that he was the one writing the letters. "Well, my greatest victories were won under an assumed name." This is said by Cyrano as he talks about his best writings were assumed to be written by Cyrano. "I shall mortalize the lot of you!" This is said by Cyrano when all of the cadets are in the bakery and he wants them to leave so he can have a chat with Christian.
12: Reflections | The play Cyrano de Bergerac reminds me of the play Hamlet because of there being a play inside of a play. P. 1-56 The play Cyrano de Bergerac reminds me of the play Romeo and Juliet because there is a balcony scene in both. P.103-133 The play Cyrano de Bergerac is connected to "The Beauty and the Beast" because Cyrano refers to it while talking with Roxane. P.224 In the play Cyrano de Bergerac they eat at a bakery I thought that was cool because i have eaten at a bakery. In the play Cyrano de Bergerac many people go to a theater to see a play. I have been to see a play at a theater. In the play Cyrano de Bergerac, Cyrano, writes poetry. I have written poetry but I am no where near as good at writing as Cyrano was.
13: Cyrano was a great man, although poor he was he never let that affect him. He was a great swordsman and once took on a hundred men by himself and won. He also was a great poet. He could come up with a verse in a split second and he could do it without even thinking. He once won a duel while reciting a poem he came up with during the duel. It is a shame that he had a tragic flaw. It was one that caused him to think he was to ugly for any women to ever love him. What he never realized was that it is not outer beauty but inner beauty that really mattered to the woman he loved, Roxane. In the end he told her he loved her. By doing this I think it freed him of his earthly bounds and he died doing what he loved dueling and composing poetry.
15: Dear Cyrano, Remember back when we were young and we use to play together. You would try to climb a tree and would fall and I would have to clean your scrapes and cuts. I used to love that about us playing together. At first when I realized you were the one who wrote all of those letters I felt betrayed. I realize now what you were trying to do and I forgive you for lying to me. Love, Roxane Dear Christian, Even from the first time I laid eyes on you I fell in love with you. You were just so beautiful that I had to meet you. I asked Cyrano to protect you and keep you safe. I found it hilarious that I could ride straight through the Spanish line without any trouble. I wanted to let you know that i never got remarried after you. Love, Roxane