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Character Analysis in Cyrano de Bergerac

Character Analysis Examples in Cyrano de Bergerac:

Act I - Scene IV

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"I strike..."   (Act I - Scene IV)

Here, Cyrano demonstrates both his prowess as a swordsman and wordsmith who can fight his opponent physically and intellectually—with a sword and through his words.

"Sic transit..."   (Act I - Scene IV)

The Latin phrase sic transit is short for sic transit gloria mundi, meaning “thus passes the glory of the world.” Using this Latin phrase, Bellerose mocks Montfleury.

"Or a Tito to win Berenice..."   (Act I - Scene V)

Tito is another name for the Roman Emperor Titus (39–81 AD), while Berenice was a Jewish princess born around 28 AD. Although Tito and Berenice were in love, Romans opposed and prohibited their marriage. Cyrano's two questions referencing these famous couples ask whether he will ever find love with such a large nose.

"I climb alone..."   (Act II - Scene VIII)

Cyrano abhors the idea of patronage. He refuses aid and he hopes to remain free of patronage, which many artists and poets sought from wealthy aristocrats. Both the fictional and real Cyrano disliked this system, although in reality, Cyrano did have to accept patronage from the Duke of Arpajon in order to continue practicing his craft.

"scarf..."   (Act IV - Scene IV)

During the Battle of Ivry (1590), King Henry IV of France (1553–1610) refused to retreat even though he was greatly outnumbered by the enemy. He told his soldiers to follow his white scarf. In the play, the white scarf represents honor and bravery. While de Guiche throws it aside, Cyrano attempts to retrieve it.

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