Cyrano De Bergerac Study Guide
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What are the 4 main symbols in the play?
Cyrano's nose: Inner beauty and outer flaws.
The Letters: Cyrano's love for Roxane and his soul.
Withering leaf/The balcony scene: Cyrano always ends up with the crumbs.
Tears and Blood on the letter: Cyrano's tears (love) Christians blood (love).
What are the 4 main themes in the play?
-All is fair in love and war.
-Inner beauty overcomes outer beauty.
-Honor and virtue.
-Don't live with regrets.
What is Ragueneau's job?
A pastry chef.
How does Christian describe himself?
Why doesn't Christian think he is good enough for Roxane?
Because she is the full package and she expects the same out of him.
Why do you think Cyrano is upset that Montfleury is acting?
Because he is terrible at acting and flirts with Roxane.
How does Ragueneau describe Cyrano?
That he has a large nose and that he is a god with poetry.
Why can't Comte De Guiche marry Roxane?
Because De Guiche is already married.
What is the mood of Act One, Scene Two?
Hectic and Happy.
What secret does the pickpocket tell Christian about Ligniere?
That Ligniere has not long to live because he wrote a song and made 100 men mad at him.
Describe Cyrano's character.
Pride-ridden, sarcastic, brave, speaks his mind, amazing poet, loving, funny, etc...
What are two reasons Cyrano doesn't like Montfleury?
He is a horrible actor and he fancies Roxane.
Why did Cyrano pay Bellerose?
Because Bellerose is very intelligent.
Why do you think Cyrano makes fun of his own nose?
He already knows that it is big.
Why does Cyrano feel helpless about love?
He believes no one could ever love him because of his nose and because he is ugly.
How does Cyrano describe Roxane?
As a flower because she is so beautiful.
What is "The one thing on earth" that Cyrano fears?
Being laughed at by Roxane.
What assumption does Cyrano make after the Duenna comes to see him?
That Roxane is going to confess her love to Cyrano.
How do the poets pay for their pastries?
By writing poems.
What does Ragueneau's wife do with the poems?
She makes bags for the pastries out of them.
Cyrano is afraid to meet Roxane; what does he plan to do instead?
Write her a letter confessing his love to her then leaving it for her.
Why was Cyrano trying to get rid of the Duenna?
So he can talk to Roxane alone.
How does Cyrano know that Roxane is not talking about him?
She describes the person she loves as "handsome".
How does Roxane feel about brains?
She thinks they are very important.
What promise does Cyrano make to Roxane about Christian?
To be Christian's friend and protector.
Explain "None is a fool who knows himself a fool."
You are not a fool as long as you know you are a fool.
Where does Christian get the letter that he gives to Roxane so quickly?
From Cyrano; it was the letter Cyrano was going to give to Roxane.
How does Roxane trick De Guiche into saving Cyrano's life?
She convinces De Guiche it will be more of a punishment for him not to go to war.
What does Roxane mean when she says "You gave me cider and I hoped for Champaign"?
She was disappointed by his lack of loving words.
Explain Cyrano's comparison of himself to Lazarus.
He only gets the "crumbs"; watching while Christian and Roxane make-out.
What type of lies does Cyrano tell De Guiche to distract him?
That he landed on the moon, the constellations, that there were six ways there and back.
What does it say about Cyrano that he would risk his life to write a letter to Roxane, and to do so in Christians name?
That Cyrano truly loves Roxane and would do literally anything to keep her happy.
How does Christian guess that Cyrano is in love with Roxane?
Because Cyrano was writing letters to Roxane without Christian knowing and in his last letter Cyrano was crying.
How did Roxane get into the camp to see Christian?
She told the Spanish that she was going to see her love.
Who accompanied Roxane to the camp? Why were the soldiers so happy to see him?
Ragueneau; because they were starving.
Why did Roxane come to the camp?
Because she wanted to see Christian because of the letters.
How often does Cyrano write to Roxane?
Twice a day everyday.