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The Tragic Flaw of Cyrano de Bergerac Final Draft A proverb of the wise king of Israel named Solomon once said Pride goes before destruction a haughty spirit before a fall In the play Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand nothing could be farther from the truth for a character named Cyrano has this characteristic According to Websters dictionary pride is the quality or state of being proud which is an ostentatious display of oneself Cyrano de Bergerac was one of the greatest swordsmen in France therefore his pride is partially justified However Cyranos tragic flaw of pride could ultimately lead him to his demise In the beginning of the play Cyrano displays his wit swordsmanship and primarily his pride For instance when Cyrano ends the play at the H de Bourgogne by ordering Montfleury off stage he pays the owner of the H named Jodelet his entire months wages Cyrano is not a rich person yet his pride kept him from withholding his money He knew before this incident that he would have to refund the owners money To keep up his appearance with people Cyrano gave a generous gift in front of the disturbed crowd When his friend Le Bret confronted him about this action he said Yes but what a gesture 47 Cyrano knew that he wanted to be polite yet also take pride in his preparedness Additionally when De Guiche gives Cyrano the chance to have his play performed with the revision of a few lines Cyrano became furious and at that time would not allow a single stroke of his pen to be changed This was his chance to become rich yet he did not want to follow anyone His pride ate away at his possibilities to enhance the comparatively dull literature of French society to the English The chains of personal pride held him down to where he could not accept change Moreover Cyrano has a rough edge to
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