Title of Work: Cyrano de Bergerac Author of Work: Edmond Rostand Plot Analysis: Problems addressed/presented in the introduction: In the beginning of the play we find out that Cyrano is in love with his beautiful, and intellectual cousin Roxane. Cyrano was a brilliant poet and swordsman, and any woman would have been lucky to have him, but Cyrano thought himself too ugly for his beautiful cousin because he had a very large nose. Rising Action or Complication: We soon find out that Cyrano has some competition in winning the affections of his cousin because a handsome young man named Christian is also in love with Roxane. When Roxane meets with Cyrano the next morning, she tells Cyrano that she is in love with Christian and that he is going to be in Cyrano’s company of guards, Cadet’s of Gascoyne, and she wishes that Cyrano protect him. Cyrano agrees, and leaves.
It then escalates to a full blown battle with even the ladies and lords getting involved .In the end, the Prince intervened and said "If ever you disturb our streets again your lives will pay the forfeit of the peace " (If you fight again you will be killed ) The most serious conflict was definitely the scene where Mercutio picks a fight with Tybalt. Mercutio draws his sword on Tybalt. Tybalt accepts this challenge and they fight. Romeo remembers the Prince's threat and attempts to stop them, but it didn't help. Tybalt stabs Mercutio under Romeo's arm, and he dies after cursing plagues on the houses of the Capulets and the Montagues.
Tybalt and Benvolio fighting draws the audience in to see who would win. Whereas with love the audience knows what to expect e.g. Romeo and Juliet sneaking off to meet each other. A few of the scenes are to do with the feud e.g. Tybalt and Romeo fighting which leads to Tybalt’s death.
Throughout Browning’s poems there is a reoccurring battle of power between men and women. The majority of Browning’s poems show women as inferior and naive beings who are owned by men, however Browning sometimes reverts the stereotypical Victorian women in a couple of his poems; making them the powerful figure. One poem which agrees with the statement is My Last Duchess. The Duke starts off by lacking the power to control his flirtatious Duchess but by murdering her and immortalising her into a painting the Duke gives himself ultimate power and control. “Since none puts by/The curtain drawn for you, but I”.
Roxanne is a very attractive woman who is looking for someone to love her for who she is and not just because of her looks. At first she meets Christian and begins to develop a crush on him. Christian asked Cyrano to write letters to her because he can't write poetry well. Cyrano, being the good friend he is, writes letters for Christian and Roxanne falls in love with him, not knowing that Christian is not even writing them. This makes Cyrano upset because he doesn't want someone else taking credit for his poetry that he means towards Roxanne.
The poems Porphyria’s Lover and The Laboratory both by Robert Browning are both quite simillar in the way he tells them and sets the scene/setting are different in several ways. Porphyria’s Lover is about a man who is in love with a woman who is from a rich upper-class family so cannot stay or be seen with him. So one night when she goes to see him, he kills her, so that she cannot leave him again. The Laboratory is about a woman whose boyfriend has left her or another girl. She then wants revenge.
As the play continues, with the foreseeing witches and the deceptive lady Macbeth, he quickly turns from a courageous strong hearted man, to a tyrant king who is willing to commit the unthinkable to withhold his royal status. In Macbeth, the prophecies foretold by the three witches about future events enflame our protagonist, driving him to make treacherous decisions that impact severely on his downfall. He is immediately taken in as the witches reveal the royal titles. Eager to unlock the secrets of these prophecies, Macbeth questions the witches, demanding them to speak. "And often to win us to our harm, the instruments of darkness tell us truths."
This shows his lack in the belief of worldly rituals and relationships. Mersault does not believe in goodness or the need of being kind to others. He does not believe in the worldly emotions of love and he does not base his actions upon reasoning. This is displayed when he writes a letter for his neighbor Raymond upon his request. Raymond requests Mersault to write the letter so that he can trick his girlfriend into visiting so that he can take revenge from her.
To express the attitude of Easterners not only in writing but in paintings, Thomas Eakin's produced Professor Henry Rowland. Thomas Eakin's, the artist, portrays Professor Henry Rowland to be stuck up, wealthy and well-educated. This is clearly shown by the way Professor Henry Rowland's head is held high with a raised chin, his fancy suit and great posture which makes his painting very realistic to the time period. Thomas Eakin's painting, Professor Rowland, is a perfect example the Easterners in the late 1800's. During the late 1800's the Easterners were viewed as educated wealthy and snobs.
Outline What examples of conflict between youth and age do you find in the drama? I.In the play Romeo and Juliet, there is a large difference between the youth and aged. A.Romeo, a Montague, falls in love with Juliet, a Capulet, but the two families have come to bloodbath in the streets. B.The two families are lead by their own elders. C.Romeo and Juliet fall dearly in love, but the fighting of the two families keeps them apart.