Cyrano de Bergerac

Cyrano is a witty poet, musician and philosopher who pays attention to values and morals throughout the novel. He is an honorable man who wishes for one thing, love. Cyrano is a intelligent, clever man that should have found love easily; however, he lacks self-confident due to his large nose. At the beginning of the novel, he believed that good appearance was central to love, but as the novel progressed he realized that personality is more important. When he was talking to Roxane, she says that her love is "...proud -noble-young-brave-beautiful"(Rostand 63). As soon as Roxane said beautiful, Cyrano got upset because he knew that she was not talking about him. He felt that nobody could see the beauty in his personality behind his large nose, which resulted in no self- confidence. Cyrano put a lot of his attention into worrying about his nose and being insecure. When he was talking to a meddler he said "you may go-or tell me why you are staring at my nose!"(Rostand 27). The meddler was confused because he did not think about Cyrano's nose because to him it was a minor physical detail. Cyrano's most noticeable trait was his inability to see past his physical flaw to understand that he is a good, love-able person. Instead of being confident and focusing on the good in his life, Cyrano can not help but think of the one trait that holds him back. Cyrano fears that his love, Roxane, can not see his true beauty "knowing [he] is so ugly, so alone... she might laugh at [him]" (Rostand 42). Cyrano is too insecure to see past his nose, which affects others views of him. Being more confident at the end, was enough to win over Roxane. His obsession with his flaw was important in showing the central theme of beauty. As his insecurity fades away, his inner beauty is able to stand out more than his physical flaw and Cyrano's character evolves.
Cyrano's nose