How does Rostand shape our expectation of Cyrano before his appearance?
by giulia9 (student)
How does Rostand shape our expectation on Cyrano before his appearance? The first time is name is mentioned is on page 13: Ragenau enters and is the first to mention Cyrano. The stage direction says “rushing up” to Lignière this means that he is in panic, desperate or excited. The question he asks to Lignière : “… Has Cyrano been here?” is basically anticipating that something will happen.Moreover Ragenau is “the patron of the arts”- even if he isn’t very high on the social ladder he loves poetry and will do anything to get in hold of it. By this we can denote that even Cyrano, being his friend, loves poetry too which we later discover is a major strand of CyranoIn the next page: page 14 again Ragenau says “looking about him” “But where is Cyrano?
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He should be here?”. Here Rostand very explicitly is shaping our expectation on Cyrano before his appearance by making his friend, Ragenau worry about Cyrano’s action. When Lignière asks why and he explains that Cyrano has banned Montfleury however Montefleury’s the main actor of the play “La Clorise” Lignière answers with a simple “Ah”, like a sigh of desperation or like a sign of apprehension: he too understands Ragenau’s preoccupation. By this we denote that Cyrano will cause trouble thus we assume that Cyrano is a “powerful, forceful conflictuous but dynamic” person.In the next page when the Marquis asks who is Cyrano Cuigy, Le Bret, Ragenau and Lignière all seem contemptuous to answers: they all “pull” different strands of Cyrano.Cuigy “pulls the strand” of the soldier, “swordsman” thus sees him as a brave valiant manLe Bret and Rageneau, his close friends, instead describes him as a “musician, remarkable man, a poet” this obviously contrasts with what Cuigy has said, meaning that Cyrano has both the values of a musician and a soldier and a poet. Here the idea of Cyrano being a poet is further emphasized thus our doubt is confirmed: Cyrano is even a poet.This may even mean that seen by a friend’s point of view Cyrano is a very delicate, understanding man instead the rest of the people see Cyrano as a valiant, brave soldier this may mean that when you get to know Cyrano well only you understand he has two contrasting sides: the fearless, bold man and the loving, caring man.Ligniere is the first to state an ambiguous remark with a double meaning: “and his looks extraordinary”Extra-ordinary could mean fabulous or not in common, weird but when Ragenau says “Philip de Champaigne will never paint him” again our doubt is confirmed and we know that “extra ordinary” was meant in a negative way. “like a rooster”, “Spanish ruff” “proud Gascon” are all words used to mock Cyrano again shaping our expectations of Cyrano. He seems farcical and ludicrous this is further emphasized when Ragenau tells “the nose… the thing is real… and you wait for him to take it off”. Moreover the word “Spanish ruff” states he is arrogant and when Ragenau says “three plumed hat.. captain” we may associate this with the idea of Cyrano willing to be the 3 musketeers in one. (all this information is given without actually having met Cyrano)Ragenau “is our guide” as he is the one that has presented us with Cyrano thus when he bets “one of his best chickens” to the Marquis as he is certain that Cyrano will come we are almost sure that Cyrano will come thus again we are presented with the idea that Cyrano is a “loyal, valiant dynamic” man.“No sign of Cyrano”… “Strange” these hrases are used to increase ethe tension. Here the readers doubt if “the guide” is always true or not and the tension increases. But when the readers see “loudly… decrescendo.. silence” we understand that probably our guide was right and that Cyrano is “loyal to his word and in the same time a powerful man capable of making an audience fall silent”.