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In "Cyrano de Bergerac," why does Cyrano hate Montfleury?

When it comes to this question, the first thing to remember about Cyrano is that he is not comfortable in his own skin. Though he possesses a lot of wonderful qualities, including great humor,...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2016 8:37 pm UTC

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How is Cyrano killed in Cyrano de Bergerac?  

Edmond Rostand's play Cyrano de Bergerac tells the story of a Gascon soldier who is what is known as a "Renaissance man." He is fierce in battle, he is a poet and writer, he is an expert swordsman,...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2011 12:54 pm UTC

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Name three uses of metaphors, similies, irony, foreshadowing, or hyperbole.

There are numerous examples of literary devices being used in Edmond Rostand's 1897 play Cyrano de Bergerac. A metaphor is a comparison between two things, not using the words "like" or "as." The...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2018 6:36 pm UTC

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In Cyrano de Bergerac, what is the allusion in the line "render no share to Caesar"?

In Act II, Scene 7, Cyrano is making a long speech in which he declares his freedom and independence. The lines about Cesar in the original are: Puis, s'il advient d'un peu triompher, par...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2013 10:14 pm UTC

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How are Cyrano and Roxane related in Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac? 

Cyrano is one of the great noble characters in literature, and in Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac we learn that he is in love with Roxane, also known as Madeleine Robin. The two of them have a...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2013 1:58 am UTC

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How is Cyrano de Bergerac's refusal to acknowledge the truth to Roxane consistent with his values?

Cyrano de Bergerac is the story of one of the great sacrificial loves in all of literature. Cyrano is a man who is willing to die for what he believes; he's equally willing to deny himself in...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2010 2:44 pm UTC

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How were Cyrano's values or moral standards in life revealed by Cyrano's reasons for his disliking of Montfleury?

In Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac, Cyrano is not a character who hides what he believes or how he feels except in one area of his life--Roxane, of course. Aside from his love for her, Cyrano is...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2010 9:40 am UTC

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What are the two of the strongest comedic scenes in Cyrano de Bergerac?

This is undoubtedly open to interpretation, but the two strongest comedic scenes in Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac are the "nose" speech in Act I and the scene between DeGuiche and Cyrano as Roxane...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2011 9:09 am UTC

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What are some ideas with which to describe a kiss by comparing it to something. It has to be one line only, and I...

As he hides in the bushes under Roxanne's balcony as she believes she is talking to Christian in Act III, this description and definition of a kiss by the superlatively poetic Cyrano de Bergerac...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2013 10:20 pm UTC

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What has happened to Ragueneau at the beginning of Act 3 in Cyrano?

In short, poor Ragueneau has lost all his money in his efforts to publish his book of poetry, "Ragueneau's Rhymed Recipes." Further, Ragueneau has also lost his wife, Lise. In the play, Ragueneau...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2015 11:41 am UTC

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What does Cyrano mean by his quote, "I may not cut a stylish figure, but I hold my soul erect."

This is an excellent question and an excellent quote. Cyrano de Bergerac is the story of a great man who is continually judged by his appearance, the most notable feature of which is an...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2011 11:22 am UTC

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Does Roxane love Cyrano in Cyrano de Bergerac?

Edmond Rostand's classic play Cyrano de Bergerac is the story of many kinds of love: love of country, fraternal love, love of the arts, love of right and justice, and, of course, romantic love....

Latest answer posted July 8, 2011 10:35 am UTC

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What are three examples of Cyrano's development as a chivalric character in Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac?

This is actually a very tricky question, in part because chivalry itself is such a complex and debated topic. The chivalric code evolved over the course of the Middle Ages; the emphasis on courtly...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2020 5:42 am UTC

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What news does Roxane give Cyrano in Act 2?

Roxanne comes to talk to Cyrano at Ragueneau's pastry shop in Scene 6 of Act 2. The purpose of her visit is to ask Cyrano to befriend and protect the man she loves. At first Cyrano thinks she is...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2015 4:32 pm UTC

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Why is Christan afraid to speak to the lady he loves?

Baron Christian de Neuvillette, a cadet hopeful for a long military career, despite of potential in battle,and his uncanny good looks, was born with an innate inability to make any smart comments....

Latest answer posted January 30, 2010 1:32 am UTC

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In Cyrano de Bergerac, who is the Duke? And what does he think of Cyrano now in Act V?

Count de Guiche is now the Duke of Grammont. By Act V, scene ii, fifteen years have passed, and the Duke is talking with Roxane in the convent where she lives. The Duke has softened considerably...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2007 11:58 am UTC

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Why does Christian come to the play in Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand?

Christian de Neuvillette is one of the main characters in Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand, and we meet him in the first act of the play. In scene two, he is nervously making the rounds in the...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2013 1:56 am UTC

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Why has Christian come to the play? What concern does he express to Ligniere?

Christian has come to the play with the hope of setting his eyes on Roxane. Roxane is a very beautiful woman with whom Christian has fallen in love but whose name he does not know and who could...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2015 2:22 pm UTC

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What are 3 metaphors for Cyrano de Bergerac?

Well, let's see. He's a poet and a fighter and a man who deeply loves. He's also a bully when he thinks he's right. 1. A bulldozer. He is this when he literally forces Montfleury off the stage...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2010 6:30 am UTC

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What is an example of foreshadowing in Cyrano de Bergerac?  

Cyrano de Bergerac's staunch devotion to his personal code of honor that is displayed early in the play, foreshadows his demise at the hands of his enemies. In Act I his fierce independence is...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2013 8:34 pm UTC

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What does de Guiche do to Christian and Cyrano at the end of Act 3? What promise does Christian make?

At the end of Act 3, de Guiche sends Christian and Cyrano off to war. The cadets were not originally going to war, but when de Guiche learned that he had been tricked and Roxanne had married...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2009 10:40 am UTC

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In Cyrano de Bergerac, how does Cyrano's refusal to compromise his principles leave him dying fulfilled, yet...

Because he has satirized the hypocrites of his society, there is an "accidental" retaliation against Cyrano de Bergerac one day: a log falls from an open window onto de Bergerac. Suffering from...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2009 7:56 am UTC

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What is the “automatic difference” that Robert Stam describes between text and film? In other words, why is it...

The “automatic difference” that Robert Stam, a professor of cinema, describes between text and film is that they are two extremely different media form. As such, they cannot portray the story in...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2020 2:45 am UTC

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Why is Cyrano de Bergerac considered to be written in the Restoration Baroque style?

Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac is one of my favorite plays, though I must confess I've never particularly tried to categorize or classify it by theatrical style. I'm not a theatre aficionado,...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2010 12:12 pm UTC

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In Cyrano de Bergerac, how did his honor and refusal to compromise principle result in dying both happy &...

Edmond Rostand depicts Cyrano de Bergerac as a true romantic and embodiment of chivalry. His love for Roxane is pure and unrequited. Cyrano puts Roxane on a pedestal, and for him, loving her means...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2019 1:43 am UTC

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How does Rostand capture the audience's attention in the first scene of "Cyrano de Bergerac?"

I think there are a couple of ways in which Edmond Rostand attempts to capture the attention of his audience in the first scene of the play. First, he starts off with a fairly active and bustling...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2009 4:49 am UTC

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When and where does Act I of "Cyrano de Bergerac" take place?

All of the action of Act I takes place in the year 1640 in the hall of the Hotel de Bourgogne in Paris. The stage directions indicate that it is a "sort of tennis court arranged and decorated for a...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2009 10:19 pm UTC

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What is the significance of the Duke's speech in Act V, Scene II of Cyrano de Bergerac?

The speech of the Duc de Grammont, who has grown "magnificently old," demonstrates that the nobleman now recognizes truer values than he has in his younger years when he desired Roxanne and planned...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2013 9:20 pm UTC

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How would you describe both the mood and pacing of scene 1 of Cyrano de Bergerac? 

Edmond Rostand's 1897 romantic verse drama, Cyrano de Bergerac, opens with a remarkable example of metatheatre. Metatheatre (or metadrama) is any play that draws attention to itself as a play or...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2020 7:47 pm UTC

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What is an idea for a sixth act to Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand--one that seems likely but still unique? 

I confess that Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac is one of my favorite works of literature and Cyrano is one of my favorite literary characters, so I care very much about what happens to him both...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2014 5:44 am UTC

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At the center of Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand are three characters: Cyrano, Roxane, and Christian. What are...

The three central characters in Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand are Cyrano, Roxane, and Christian; their lives are inextricably connected almost from the beginning of the play. Cyrano de...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2013 6:45 am UTC

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Why do the cadets initially not consider Comte de Guiche a true "Gascon cadet?"

There are lots of reason why the Cadets have no respect for de Guiche. First, he is a married man who is conniving to have an affair with another woman (Roxane). Second, he is the Cardinal's...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2010 5:56 am UTC

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In Cyrano de Bergerac, how does the title character's sense of self develop through his chivalric acts?

Cyrano de Bergerac, being a man of intense chivalric honor, believes his actions to be more important than his physical self; he thinks that since mockery and derision are inevitable -- because of...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2012 5:31 pm UTC

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Why does society hate Cyrano?

In the late 19th century, Rostand (the playwrite for Cyrano de Bergerac) felt that society had really fallen from grace. They had become corrupt and forgotten that they are a proud and noble...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2010 12:15 am UTC

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How does Cyrano win the crowd over in Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand?  

Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac opens in the Hotel de Bourgogne right before a play is about to begin. Everyone who becomes important in Rostand's play is gathered to watch the...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2013 3:37 pm UTC

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How does an idea or concept or characteristic from Cyrano show itself in our world today?

Edmund Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac is the story of a remarkable man who demonstrates all of the characteristics you list above: love, loyalty, sacrifice, friendship and independence. Of all of...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2012 8:11 pm UTC

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Cite five of the reasons Cyrano gives for why he acts the way he does. What does Le Bret feel is the real reason why...

Let me see if I can combine these a bit, since you only get one question. Cyrano claims he's mad at the world and doesn't care in the least what it thinks of him. He asks Le Bret if he's supposed...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2010 5:33 am UTC

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What is the setting of act 4? How are the men feeling?

The men are at war and are under seige, so mostly what they feel is hungry! These are some very tough, resilient, and strong men; however, they're homesick, as well. In fact, Cyrano calls the...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2010 5:43 am UTC

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Where, other than Marais, does the setting of Act III, scene 1 (Roxane's Kiss), of "Cyrano de Bergerac"...

The setting for Act III, scene 1, is just outside Roxane's house, in the old section of Marais. Here is how it is described in the play itself:A small square in the old Marais. The houses are old...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2008 3:40 am UTC

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What were the motives of Rostand in writing Cyrano de Bergerac? What inspired him to write it--an event, person,...

Rostand wrote this play for Constant-Benoit Coquelin, so the French actor would have a great part to show off his acting talents. (He based the play on the real poet Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac.)

Latest answer posted March 18, 2007 12:19 am UTC

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What is the moral tone of Cyrano de Bergerac?

Cyrano de Bergerac is written in a morally elevated tone. It's clear that the play's creator, Edmond Rostand, had a very firm set of moral values that he wished to promote through the actions of...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2021 12:15 pm UTC

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In act I, Cyrano directly challenges three men. Who are they and why does Cyrano conflict with each?

Cyrano directly challenged De Valvert to a duel after De Valvert insulted him. Cyrano dueled with De Valvert after he attacked his character by stating that he was a buffoon. This was after De...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2016 4:09 pm UTC

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Before Cyrano appears on stage, his friends describe him. What are three of the many qualities that Cyrano...

In Act I, Scene ii before Cyrano arrives at the theatre, Cyrano's friends describe him as a poet, swordsman, scientist, and musician. Le Bret also describes him as the most delightful man under...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2009 9:43 am UTC

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