It is ironic that Roxane confesses to Cyrano

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It is ironic that Roxane confesses to Cyrano, not her love for him, but for Christian. And it is doubly  ironic when she begs Cyrano to protect the man she loves. It is ironic that it is Cyrano's deception that makes possible the blossoming romance between  Roxane and Christian. And it is even more ironic that when Christian tries to be honest, he fails  hopelessly, and it is Cyrano's words and Cyrano's presence that enable Christian to marry Roxane. It is ironic that Christian is killed before Roxane can be told what only Christian and Cyrano know —  that the man she loves is, in reality, Cyrano. And this irony is compounded by the fact that it is  Cyrano's letter which Roxane carries next to her heart, "like a holy reliquary," during her years of  mourning. The crowning irony — certainly, at least, for Cyrano — is that he is dying, not with "steel in my heart 
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This note was uploaded on 12/08/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at University of Houston.

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