Cyrano De Bergerac


Every generation has its own heroes that display, what they
believe to be, ideal characteristics. While each is
different in their own way, many of these role models share
similar qualities. Most tend to have courage, strength,
compassion, or another respected trait, but this is not
necessarily why they win the adoration of their followers.
Cyrano De Bergerac is a perfect example of how many
protagonists win our allegiance because his sensibilities
will not be denied, because he lives life to the hilt, and
because he is a victim of his surroundings. If there was
ever a figure who would not be denied his sensibilities, it
is Cyrano. When lovers admit, "I'd die for you," it is
usually only a figure of speech. Cyrano actually crossed
over enemy lines every day simply to mail love letters. He
also confessed to her, "My mother made it clear that she
didn't find me pleasant to look at. I had no sister. Later,
I dreaded the thought of seeing mockery in the eyes of a
mistress. Thanks to you I've at least had a woman's
friendship, a gracious presence to soften the harsh
loneliness of my life. " When Cyrano admits, "My heart
always timidly hides its self behind my mind," the reader
can instantly relate to this dilemma but it is the fact
that Cyrano is able to overcome it that makes him a hero.
Not only is Cyrano filled with emotion, but he also goes
out of his way to live life to the fullest. Cyrano's
introduction to the reader definitely leaves a lasting
impression. Not only does he banish an actor from the
theater for performing poorly, but he proceeds to recite
poetry while dueling with another member of the audience.
Every moment of Cyrano's life is filled with action like
this. When he was informed that one hundred men were going
to kill his friend, Ligniére, he was thrilled with the idea
of fighting all these men at once, and, of course, he
succeeded. How could anyone not love this man who takes
Carpe Diem to its most extreme form? Also, Cyrano is a
victim of his surroundings. This may be the one
characteristic that completely wins over the reader.
Cyrano's most obvious flaw is his grotesque nose, but this
would not be so awful if the people around him didn't care.
Knowing that he is the victim of a problem beyond his
control, the reader can do nothing but sympathize with him.
The epitome of this is his death. His only wish in life was
to dye noble . . . by the sword, but he again he is hurt by
an outside force that he had no influence over. When he
says, "Fate is a great jester! I've been struck down, but
from behind, in an ambush, by a lackey wielding a log! I've
been consistent to the end, I've failed in everything, even
in my death," the reader is completely won over. Perhaps
the most impressive thing about those we follow is that
they're human. Again, Cyrano De Bergerac is the perfect
example of how a hero wins the adoration of his followers.
By showing his intense feelings, living life to the
fullest, and still remaining human, he is able to win the
heart of almost any reader. Heroes have changed a lot over
the years. When one looks at napoleon they are hardly
reminded of John Lennon. While different generations find
different qualities to be noble, there are some heroes,
like Cyrano, who will be loved for all time. 


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