There are many stories about a guy with the name, Cyrano. Each story is interesting in its own way. One version of the story is the movie, Roxanne. The director of Roxanne is Fred Schepsi. The original play is written by Edmond Rostand in 1897. The two stories shares similarities, but also there are differences. Each version has its pros and cons. They are both about men who are not very good looking, but they are full of “inner beauty.” There is a very pretty woman that they fall in love with, but the woman falls in love with a very handsome guy. The woman has to choose between either “inner beauty” or “outer beauty.” In the beginning the woman chooses physical attractiveness, but later on the woman chooses “inner beauty.”
Cyrano struggles with his appearance, which in turn affects his honesty in his relationship with Roxane. In the beginning, Cyrano describes his definition of honor in response to De Guiche’s offer of patronage from the Cardinal. To get the patronage, the cardinal would want to rewrite some of the lines. Cyrano refuses and haughtily replies, “Seek for the patronage of some great man, and like a creeping wine on a tall tree/crawl upward, where I cannot stand alone” (Rostand 88). Cyrano makes it clear that his description of honor means doing one’s own work. This is why he reacts the way he does. He believes that even if he becomes a successful writer by the cardinal’s patronage, receiving aid from the cardinal would just annul his worthiness of being successful. Honesty and truthfulness to him are all important aspects of an honorable person. He does not want to be a parasite- he wants to be known for his own genuine work or not known at all. Later in the play, when Cyrano is concealed by the darkness, he confesses to Roxane how he truly feels about her. Cyrano feels that despite his other merits, women, namely Roxane, will never love him because of his “grotesque” appearance. When he has the cloak of shadows to conceal his face, his utilizes the opportunity to reveal his true feelings, saying, “Night, making all things dimly beautiful,/one veil over us both-You will only see/The darkness of a long cloak in the gloom, And I the whiteness of a summer gown-You are all light-I am all shadow!”...
Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac was about a man who thought he could not be loved because of his ginormous nose. Cyrano was in love with a women named Roxanne who he knew would never love him. So he helped the man Roxanne loved or so she thought she loved, talk to her because he loved her that much. With all Cyrano went through he came to have a happy ending.
Helen Keller once wrote, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart.” Beauty usually defines a person’s physical appearance which is what everyone on the outside sees , whereas inner beauty is not as recognized, but is still considered as “true” beauty because it “cannot be seen or even touched.” This corresponds to Cyrano’s physical insecurity versus his soulful inner thoughts. True love and beauty comes straight from the heart which is how Cyrano was able to gain Roxane’s love, but he was never acknowledged for his affectionate deeds. The battle between inner and outer beauty illustrates a deeper meaning to a person’s life especially throughout Edmond Rostand's play,
Edmond Rostand, a very distinguished and illustrious French author, is renowned to be an accomplished writer on culture and society, particularly the way culture plays a key role in how characters live their lives, and how society and societal ideals ultimately determine the fate of the characters. An audience can best observe Rostand’s abilities in his most famous play, Cyrano de Bergerac, written in 1897. Through the characters and their interactions in this play, Rostand sheds light on the realities of love, the dangers of deception, and the perception of inner and outer beauty. Love is a powerful word, deception is a quick way to gain little things and lose big things, and beauty is not always something the is visible to the eyes.
The book Cyrano de Bergerac is about a man named Cyrano who helps a friend earn the love of a woman he also adores. In the last two scenes of act two (scene ten and scene eleven) Cyrano and Christian make an alliance allowing Christian to receive support from Cyrano to win the love of Roxane. In my version I will completely change what happened by allowing Roxane to learn Cyrano’s stealthy feelings by putting her in a scene she was not originally in, which would also shorten the story. Along with shorting this story this change will completely change the plot and dialogue of the book, causing many major events to no longer occur.
Wilde first shows the importance of looks when Basil first sets eyes on Dorian Gray. "I knew that I had come face to face with someone whose mere personality was so fascinating that...it would absorb my whole nature, my whole soul, my very art itself" (7). This was before Basil had even talked to Dorian, and he had already judged what type of personality he had, ...
He is really good at coming up with great and charming things to say to females. This Christian de Neuvilette fellow comes up to Roxane and keeps trying to impress her with his good looks. He does have better looks than Cyrano but he is nowhere near Cyrano’s level in charm and charisma. At first Roxane is fooled by his devilish tricks and she thinks she is in love with him. She is tricking herself into thinking Cyrano is like a brother when she secretly knows inside he is way more than a brother in how great he is. Cyrano is good at talking to women like when he is talking with Roxane:
Throughout the novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray” the self titled main protagonist comes into contact with many unusual characters. All of these characters work together to shape the protagonist as well as the theme and plot of the story. “The Picture of Dorian Gray” tells many different secrets about mankind and how easily influenced humans are. Dorian was an extremely vain individual, who was mostly influenced by three people throughout the novel, who believed physical beauty was the key to life and happiness. Dorian was mostly influenced by two of his great comrades who in contrast influenced him from opposite viewpoints. The third influence was his immature lover. These three characters all worked together to change Dorians viewpoint on life as well as his viewpoint on each other. The actions and comments of these three characters shape the novel, theme that beauty is a combination of not only physical appearance but attitude and character.
In chapter three, of the book, The Ways of Seeing, the concept of women being observed by men is introduced to us. In the chapter, Berger talks about the motives for the men and women’s behaviors, including interactions with each other and social status. “One might simplify this by saying men act and women appear. Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at.” (Berger 47). By this simple statement Berger managed to describe the behavior and the drive of women. Behaving and appearing the way they are in the eyes of men due to embellishment of self. Therefore, I spend a lot of time taking care of myself and making sure that I look presentable. The main question that I have is whether or not am I doing it for myself or for someone else? Of course there are times when one goes out on dates or to fancy parties and there is no doubt one tries to look good for other people to showcase one’s beauty and what one’s possess. In answering my main question; it is done for the self. Looking nice makes me feel good, confident and happy. Living up to the beauty ideals provide evidence to Berger’s point about women watching themselves being looked at. It is a reality that it’s pleasing for women to be looked at, and the way one is looked at depends on one’s appearance. Everybody likes to receive adoring smiles, but the process of attraction filtrates those who don’t live up to a person’s idea of beauty. This judgment for most of the part is shaped by the accepted appearance.