Cyrano de Bergerac Essay

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Moran is an author and educator with extensive experience in secondary education. His essay examines Rostand's sharply defined title character and the nature of heroism.

In As You Like It, William Shakespeare offers the famous line, "All the world's a stage," an idea that takes on a literal meaning in Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac, his play featuring one of the most theatrical of characters ever created. In the foreword to his translation of the play, Anthony Burgess writes that while "Cyrano de Bergerac may not be the best play ever written," its central figure "is surely one of the great characters in all drama." What makes Cyrano such a remarkable and popular character is, primarily, his devotion to his own code of honor, despite the fact that his goals seem unattainable. When asked if he has ever read Don Quixote, Cyrano replies, "I haveand found myself the hero...

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