Intellilgence Versus Beauty in Cyrano de Bergenac by Edmond Rostand
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Many people in the world have a set of characteristics, which they desire in a romantic partner, and these characteristics may include money, maturity, honesty, trustworthiness, beauty, and intelligence. These traits were used to help people in the 1600s find love as well. In Edmond Rostand’s play, Cyrano De Bergerac, the conflict between the desire for beauty and the coveting of intelligence takes center stage as Cyrano, the intelligent one, helps Christian, the handsome one, woo the love of their lives. Throughout the play, Rostand glorifies the trait of intelligence, while indirectly depreciating the trait of beauty, using the literary device of tone, which was mocking throughout the play. Although the play is meant as a light-hearted comedy, Rostand underlies the events in the play with his take on the conflict itself, through the characterizations and descriptions of Cyrano and Christian.
Cyrano’s inner beauty stems from his mastery of words, his creativity and his wit. Additionally, he lives by his own moral code, as well as is able to handle any event that comes hi...