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Cyrano Intro (World Lit)
Transcript of Cyrano Intro (World Lit)
The Play's Significance
Written by Edmond Rostand (1868-1918)
First staged 1897
At the time, French mainstream theatre featured realistic plays that addressed social issues.
Because of the difference in Cyrano's style, investors made Rostand pay for the lavish costumes.
Majority takes place in 1640, Act 5 takes place 15 years later
Based on an actual solider and an actual key battle, the French siege of Arras in the Thirty Years' War
Cyrano: a noble, clever solider. He's known for his sharp tongue and a strange appearance. See intro page xi.
Roxane: a beautiful and intellectual heiress. She becomes the object of both Cyrano and Christian's affection.
Christian: a handsome but simple nobleman. He joins Cyrano's group of cadets.
"Literary works that stand the test of time touch upon universal themes that move and inspire us in very similar and profound ways. Cyrano de Bergerac is one such play. What captured the hearts of nineteenth-century readers and spectators, and continues to capture ours now, is the depth of the story's love, passion, heroism, and moral honor. Its larger-than-life hero is extraordinary, but at the same time flawed, a combination that makes Cyrano seem quite modern and accessible" (x).
Comte de Guiche: a deceitful nobleman in love with Roxane.
Ragueneau: baker friend of Cyrano, loves poetry
Le Bret: Cyrano's closest confidant
Spend ten minutes writing about the word "beauty." How do you define beauty? What makes someone or something beautiful?
term used to describe a story with colorful, sword-fighting characters
first used in 1560 to describe a swordsman who struck an opponent's shield, or buckler, with his sword
Cyrano follows in the tradition of other swashbucklers, such as The Three Muskateers or The Count of Monte Cristo, and The Man in the Iron Mask