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Your beauty does not define you You define your beauty Anonymous In the play Cyrano de Bergerac playwright Edmund Rostand demonstrates the impact of appearances with how it affects the way people fall in love and struggle with their insecurities Rostand examines how Cyrano struggles over how beauty triumphs intelligence and realizes how it can affect the actions and personality of a person Cyrano for instance uses his wit to prevent mockery towards his appearance and character as seen with his testimony against the Meddler and De Guiche Notably Cyranos reaction to the Meddler about his appearance sparks a clever retort to defend his pride Hence with a humorous satire he upholds his honor My nose You pug you knob you button-head Know that I glory in this nose of mine For a great nose indicates a great man - Genial courteous intellectual Virile courageous as I am and such As you poor wretch will never dare to be Even in imagination I Rostand 34 Even though he is placed upon a pedestal over his looks Cyrano uses it to his advantage as a way to gain respect Furthermore Cyrano implies that it is not based on appearance as a sign of goodness but with honor and bravery Even so beauty still is advantageous in the aspects of love Also the actions of Cyrano in not succumbing to bribery by De Guiche illustrates the righteous morals he has for himself Thus Cyrano dismisses De Guiches offering to have his work be published by De Guiches patron the Cardinal He shows his integrity as he protests against De Guiches attempt to buy him out for money Impossible My blood curdles to think of altering One comma Yes but not so well as I When I have made a line that sings itself
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