Essay Review of Cyrano de Bergerac
The French duellist and dramatist, “Hercule-Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac” was born on 6th March 1619 and died on 28th July 1655. In fictitious writings regarding the life of Cyrano de Bergerac, the most eminent feature that has been repeatedly portrayed is his excessively large nose that attracted people from miles across to have the view of this distinct feature. It is furthermore suggested by portraits that he did possess a big nose but not that much huge as is described in the fictional writings. The work of Cyrano equipped ideas and models for later authors.
According to biographies written about Cyrano de Bergerac, he was the offspring of Espérance Bellanger and Abel de Cyrano who was the lord of Bergerac and Mauvières. The early education was received from a priest of the country and there he was accompanied by his future biographer and friend, Henri Lebret. He afterward left to Paris and completed his college education. He then enrolled in the guards’ corps at nineteen years of age to serve the 1639 and 1640’s campaigns.
He was then brought back to Paris upon leaving the military to pursue literature, bringing forth calamities cast within the orthodox conventional manner. As depicted in the play, the battle was fought by Bergerac at the besieging of Arras in 1640. This was a battle that lasted for thirty years’ war between Spanish and French forces within France. Amongst the fellows in this battle of Bergerac was Baron Christian belonging to Neuvillette, who was married to a cousin of Cyrano. Nevertheless, the storyline of Cyrano de Bergerac written by Rostand implying Christian and Roxane is exclusively fictional. Cyrano was the student of Pierre Gassendi, French polymath who was a canyon of the Catholic Church who attempted to harmonize epicure atomic theory with Christianity.
The works of Cyrano de Bergerac, “Les États et Empires du Soleil” and “LAutre Monde: ou Les États et Empires de la Lune” are regarded as classics of initial advanced science fiction. The later entails Cyrano voyage to the moon making use of rockets that are fuelled by firecrackers and contacts the indwellers. The inhabitants of the moon are portrayed as possessing musical voices, four legs and equipped with firearms that hit lame and cook it.
This amalgamation of romance and science in his mentioned two works provided a framework for various later writers like Edgar Allan Poe, Jonathan Swift, and likely Voltaire. It has been suggested by the play that he was wounded by a descending wooden shaft in 1654 whilst coming in his patron’s house, the Duc DArpajon. Nevertheless, it is still unclear that what the actual cause of the death of Cyrano was whether it was an accident or any undetermined disease. At the age of 36, he died on 28th July 1655 at his cousin’s house in Sannois where he was entombed in a church. Nevertheless there is substantial manifest to affirm the possibility that his death was a consequence of a bungled assassination effort in addition to further impairment to his wellness caused by a confinement period in a private sanctuary, engineered by his oppositions, who followed in engaging the aid of Abel de Cyrano, his brother (Addyman 300).
Addyman, Ishbel. Cyrano: The Life and Legend of Cyrano de Bergerac. Pocket, 2008. Print.