Cyrano Honorable Man

995 WordsMay 23, 20134 Pages
Honor in Cyrano de Bergerac The definition of honor is a keen sense of ethical conduct. As George Bernard Shaw once said, “A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” Similar to the quote honor is portrayed by Cyrano De Bergerac. In Cyrano de Bergerac, by Edmond Rostand, honor is a key element in the play which is shown through Cyrano’s deeds of honor, how it is based in society, and because Cyrano’s outstanding traits of honor outweigh other characters honor. Cyrano is an honorable man. To begin with, he shows his honor in many ways, but he does not do it to receive praise, he does it because of his faithful personality. For example, when Cyrano hears about the hundred men…show more content…
Come, shall we win her both together...” (II 99-100). Christian could at least think of a way to tell Cyrano he appreciates all his honorable qualities. By Christian doing something that simple would have made him a more honorable man. Another character who lacks honor or dignity is Le Bret. Cyrano and Le Bret are close friends, although Cyrano never performed any wonderful deeds towards Le Bret. That does not mean he cannot be honorable towards Cyrano. Le Bret could have warned Cyrano of his death. Regardless, he was late to let Cyrano know of the accident that caused his death, he still becomes a more honorable man. Imagine how much more honorable Le Bret could have been if he were to save Cyrano’s life. The last character who is not honorable is De Guiche. He is the opposite of an honorable man. He does an abundance of deeds, but most of them are for his own good not others. Some might classify De Guiche as a selfish man. Many characters have the chance to become honorable men, but they choose not to, unlike Cyrano. Cyrano de Bergerac reveals the role of honor as a key aspect which is displayed through Cyrano’s acts of honor, how honor is established in society and by contrasting less honorable characters with Cyrano.
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