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Cyrano de Bergerac Essay

  • Submitted by: zachhartman
  • on December 7, 2008
  • Category: English
  • Length: 700 words

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Cyrano de Bergerac a Tragicomedy
Zach Hartman

Cyrano de Bergerac, in my opinion is a tragic comedy. It displays tragedy in many different places with both types of high and low class characters. It also displays comedy between the characters but the comedy all comes from the main character Cyrano. At the end of the story Cyrano dies in the hands of his lover who never knew until a few moments before that her cousin, the great swordsman, story writer, and storyteller, loved her the way she always wanted to be loved. Cyrano de Bergerac is a tragic comedy because it involves all of the elements and incorporates all the aspects of a tragicomedy.
The tragedy that occurs in Cyrano de Bergerac builds up throughout the story. Cyrano and Christian are vying for the same woman, Roxanne, from some of the first lines. Cyrano and Christian join alliance to try and win Roxanne. However, Cyrano gets the lower end of the bargain. Although Cyrano was able to win Roxanne’s heart with his words she never knew the one who wrote the letters was her great cousin Cyrano until he was dying. Christian was able to reap the benefits when he never did anything to win Roxanne. Christian was only able to win Roxanne because of his physical appearance and if he had never bound allegiance to Cyrano then Christian would have gotten nowhere with Roxanne, because Roxanne wanted someone who could match her wit. As the story wears on it becomes more evident to Roxanne what a bad choice she made marrying Christian, but it is only fifteen years later, after Christians death, that she discovers the real truth on Cyrano’s death bed. “How can you read it Now? It is dark… And all these fourteen years, He has been the old friend who came to me To be amusing.” “Roxane” “It was you.”(219-220 Act 5)  
In my opinion Cyrano de Bergerac is a comedy also because it incorporates elements of a comedy not just between the high class characters but also the low class characters. It establishes comedy...

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