A Beautiful Prison Essay

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A Beautiful Prison “Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. There is really nothing to be said about it. It is like the perfume of a rose: you can smell it and that is all.”(Mangham). When said that love is blind, then why do fools fallow beauty. Many a fool has over looked or never seen the heart that hides behind such a silhouette. In the play Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand, and in most daily lives the effect of physical appearance on a person’s life is immense: in that it gives and takes advantages from the characters’ lives. Magdeleine Robin, more commonly known as Roxanne, is widely known for her breath taking figure; however, not many people truly know her. Roxanne’s life is shrouded by the affects of …show more content…
Anyone who has seen her smile has known her perfection. She creates grace without movement, and makes divinity fit into her slightest gesture. And neither Venus in her shell, nor Diana striding in the great, blossoming forest, can compare to her when she goes through the streets of Paris in her sedan chair!"(Rostand 50) Cyrano refers to her as almost a goddess. And as Cyrano is not specifically attractive and very un-confident Roxanne never notices Cyrano’s attraction towards her, but when an attractive young man joins Cyrano’s regiments as one of the famous Gascon cadets, Roxanne is smitten at first sight of his handsome face. When she seeks help in securing her love interest’s safety, she confides in her old friend and relative, Cyrano. "Promise me nothing will endanger his life!” Roxanne pleads to Cyrano and when he unwillingly agrees (Rostand 148). Roxanne proclaims “I trust you to look after him!" as she fleas masked into the streets of Paris (Rostand148). She, knowing his notoriety, asked him one of the hardest favors possible when she asked Cyrano to show nepotism towards young Christian de Neuvillette. Roxanne ends up unintentionally hurting Cyrano by asking this of him. Again her looks disfavor her by wounding the ones closest to her. She is forced to use her "smile [as] a passport" to get her way finding no other manner of getting to her heart's desire, she uses this ability to her advantage when she leaves the

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