Macbeth and Cyrano

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As much as people try to cover their emotions and feelings from society, in both Macbeth by William Shakespeare and Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand it gets revealed. Shakespeare uses Macbeth, a brave soldier and powerful man’s ambition causes him much trouble. As well as Lady Macbeth, Macbeth’s wife, after bloodsheds she falls victim to guilt and madness, worst than Macbeth. They both cause casualties and try to shelter their real selves. Rostand displays how Cyrano, the protagonist is a Renaissance man, brave and courageous yet he cannot reveal his emotions to the woman he loves, Roxane. He uses Christian, a handsome man whom Roxane falls in love with, to woo her with Cyrano’s poetry, which Christian does not have. Furthermore the characters in these two plays use nature as appearance to cover up their true selves, because of the natural aspects of the characters, it illuminates their personalities. In Macbeth the use of night and day shows how the characters try to avoid the day and hope the night comes faster and the natural feature of one’s appearance in Cyrano de Bergerac shows how appearance does not give importance, on the opposite what does is the substance that one has, because eventually ones personality gets revealed. After Macbeth sends Lady Macbeth a letter telling that he would soon become Thane of Glamis and Cawdor, and that the king arrives later, in the night. She starts to plan King Duncan’s death for power, her ambition takes over and says, “ Come, thick night, And pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell, That my keen knife see not the wound it makes, Nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark to cry ‘Hold, hold!’ ” (I, v, 51-4). Lady Macbeths wants night to come so that her evilness can be covered ... ... middle of paper ... ...es Apollo left” (89). Poetry destroyed the marriage of Lise and Ragueneau; she didn’t value art as much as he did. Conversely Christian decides to talk to Roxane without any of the poetic letters that Cyrano has been giving him. Christian has no other words to say than, “ I love you” (102). Christian does not have the same ability to woo her as Cyrano has. So then come Cyrano for the rescue and he says, “ Let us try what can be done; It is more than you deserve—stand over there, Idiot—there! —before the balcony—Let me stand underneath. I’ll whisper you what to say” (104). Cyrano helps Christian, being useful the setting in the Balcony, the darkness and Cyrano hiding and telling Christian what to say sets up the appearance for Christian. Cyrano’s poetic language saves Christian from getting rejected from Roxane; Cyrano saved their relationship.

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