Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand

Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand

 

 

Be aware of numerous references by Rostand to other famous literary works and plays. For example, the balcony scene in Cyrano de Bergerac is a parody of the balcony scene in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Pay special attention, however, to the many references to Alexandre Dumas’ 1844 novel The Three Musketeers. Rostand was a fan of Dumas’ novel, and he both parodies and pays tribute to it in Cyrano de Bergerac. Here are just a few of the allusions Rostand makes to The Three Musketeers.

4. Understand some of the symbols that occur in Cyrano de Bergerac: Cyrano’s nose symbolizes several things. On the one hand, it symbolizes his best qualities: loyalty, virtue, bravery, and independence. It also symbolizes his character’s biggest weakness: his insecurities when it comes to love. ♦ Cyrano’s tears and Christian’s blood on the last letter to Roxane symbolize the fact that the two men together made up one romantic hero. ♦ ♦ The white plume is a symbol of honor, bravery, purity, and moral integrity.