May 14 -18 English 9 Activities

May 14 -18 English 9 Activities
Continue watching/reading  "Cyrano De Bergerac" by Edmond Rostand
(BJU production of the play)

14 Mon - Cyrano Act 3 (text page 462)
Continue reading the play with Themes in mind

15 Tue - Cyrano Act 4 (text page 463-503)
Continue reading the play with Themes in mind

16 Wed - Cyrano Act 4 (text page 463-503)
Continue reading the play with Themes in mind

17 Thu - Cyrano Act 5 (text page 504-526)
Continue reading the play with Themes in mind

18 Fri - Cyrano Act 5 (text page 504-526)
Continue reading the play with Themes in mind

Cyrano de Bergerac Themes (from Shmoop)
Which do you find most interesting? 
Begin thinking about a five paragraph essay on one of these themes as you read along:
Cyrano de Bergerac tells the classic story of two men vying for one woman’s love: one of them is ugly but witty, the other attractive but not the sharpest tool in the shed.
Lies and Deceit
Deception is at the heart of Cyrano de Bergerac and drives the action forward. From fake identities and hidden emotions to dastardly plots and clever plans, little is what it seems in this play.
Identity is closely related to voice in Cyrano de Bergerac: one’s voice (or words) is the expression of the soul and is thus linked to one’s true self.
Love means conflict in Cyrano de Bergerac. Barriers seem to stand in the way of every potential couple, and competition is the name of the wooing game.
Principle—or lack thereof—is a determining factor for many characters in Cyrano de Bergerac. It defines the differences between the protagonist and the villain.
Art and Culture
Cyrano de Bergerac is steeped in the history and culture of 17th-century France. Though the playwright lived more than two hundred years after this era, he goes to great pains to make it as faithful to the time as possible.
Courage is one of the most important characteristics of Cyrano de Bergerac’s worthy hero. Cyrano’s courage is almost reckless tomfoolery and his showy bravery often invites the jealousy of others.
Language and Communication
The ability to speak well is the hero’s primary quality in Cyrano de Bergerac. It is no coincidence that his other obvious talent is swordplay; although, it is noteworthy here that witty banter is often equated with dueling in this play, as characters slash at one another with words.
Versions of Reality
Cyrano de Bergerac is often dogged by a sense of artfulness, a sense that things are not as real or serious as they should be. This is especially true in the first half of the play and lessens as the play grows more serious in tone and content.
Cunning and Cleverness
Wit is the name of the game in Cyrano de Bergerac. Characters are judged by their ability to soliloquize, rhyme, and compose at the drop of a hat. Our hero character, Cyrano himself, takes pride in his wit and never backs down from an opportunity to show off. This, his witty intelligence, comes to largely define his identity.
Cyrano de Bergerac takes a negative view of revenge. The one villainous character becomes the symbol of obsessive vengeance even for the pettiest of offenses. Forgiveness, on the other hand, is a female trait, as embodied by the play’s leading lady. The story also draws a distinction between getting revenge and avenging; the former is petty, while the latter noble. One is driven by pure spite, whereas the other follows a sense of justice.


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