Cyrano De Bergerac And Roxane

In an effort to attract the audience of today, the producers of the movie Roxane
retold the play Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rustond in a way that is
appropriate and at the same time appealing. In order to give the audience of
today a story that they can understand and relate to, the producers have
adjusted and manipulated the play itself. As a result, several similarities and
differences exist between the play Cyrano de Bergerac and its movie
reproduction. The characteristics of a romantic hero in Rustondís time is not
equivalent to the characteristics of a romantic hero today. In the play for
example, Cyrano, a very ugly, old, yet intellectual man who loved Roxane, his
cousin, with all his heart and soul was unable to profess his love for fear that
she will have rejected him because of his looks. Enter Christian in the story, a
young, average, yet handsome individual who also loved Roxane. The two made a
pact with each other to create Roxaneís image of a perfect romantic heroóone
that was breath-takingly handsome and at the same token, smart in a fun and
interesting way. Together they charmed Roxane and she ultimately fell in love
with Cyranoís enchanting personality and Christianís captivating appearance.

Cyrano is portrayed as a great romantic hero because he died in silence to honor
his friendship with Christian. When all the while he could have accumulated
enough courage to pronounce his love for Roxane. During his life of silence,

Cyrano looked after Roxane when Christian died in the war. Everyday for fifteen
years he would go to the convent, where she stayed because of her vow to

Christian, and recite to her the local news. In this manner, he has proven
himself worthy to the title of a romantic hero during Rustondís time. On the
other hand, someone in Cyranoís position in the present would not have
neccessarily kept his secret for that long. Eventually, that someone would
probably approach the person that they were in love with and declared their
love. Just as Charlie in the movie, the equivalent of Cyrano in the play, was
about to tell Roxane that it was him who wrote the letters illustrating his love
for her with his alluring and sincere words, before she had found out for
herself. For this reason, the majority of people today would appeal to the movie
more than the play. Aside from the obvious fact that the play was set in a
sophisticated, more actively virtuous, and far less technologically-advanced
period of time than the movieís present time, is the distinct contrast of the
two versionsí endings. During Rustondís time, his audience prefered stories
with a much more dramatic part for the romantic hero, Cyrano. At the time,

Cyrano dying for honor and dignity was much more admired than if he were to
reveal the truth about himself and Christian to Roxane, and then living"happily ever after" with her. On the contrary is the story of Roxane, the
movie. Today, people would much prefer a happy ending with the hero/ heroine
finishing first and uniting with their "damsel" in distress. Similarities
exist in both the play and movie through peopleís fascination of each other.

Cyrano in the play and Charlie in the movie both value talent and personality in
a person, and yet they canít help to also add appearance on to the list.

Cyrano was in love with Roxane from the very beginning when they were young and
playing pretend with each other. He adored her friendly and mother-like
personality. However, the adult Roxane also attracted him to her because he
thought she was the loveliest girl he had ever seen. In the same fashion,

Charlie fell in love with Roxane the minute he laid his eyes on her. When he
found out later on how incredibly smart and great to be around she was, he fell
in love with her even more than before. The minor difference between Charlie and

Cyrano is that although they both loved Roxane, they fell in love with her
personality and looks at different times. Furthermore, the admiration for both

Cyrano and Charlie is credited to their grand gestures. They sacrificed
themselves for a good cause. Cyrano is respected by his by Rustondís audience
because, (1) he had given up all of his money to refund the crowd watching a
play at the beginning, and (2) lied to Christian about how Roxane chose

Christian over him so that Christian could die happy. Charlieís job as a
firemen makes him