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Historical Monologues

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Abby Ersland

on 22 September 2016

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Transcript of Historical Monologues

Historical Monologues
Analyzing the Character
Reasons why a character behaves the way they do.
The character's goal in a play.
How a character seeks to achieve their goal.
Trying the Character to History
Imaginary Elsewhere
An imagined location that can be historical, fictional, or realistic.
Given Circumstances
The actions and events that have happened before the play began.
How does the historical event affect the everyday life of the character?
Do they enjoy or dislike the way it has affected them?
Does their age or upbringing have any effect on their opinion?
The Crusades
The Trojan War
Grandi and Non-Violent Protests
Finally, Write!
Review - What is a monologue?
Dialogue in which a character speaks for an extended period of time.
Step 2
Research! Research!Research!
Step 3
Form ideas and make choices.
Now an Example!
Just because a play was not written in the present day does not automatically make it historical.
How to go about writing a historical monologue
Step 1
Find a topic of historical significance that interests you.

What time period are you looking for? What part of the world?
So what is a
historical monologue
When a character recites a monologue related to a real event in history. The context is often social, political, or (time sensitive) cultural.
Romeo and Juliet
- Takes place in Italy in the 1300s. Is about two teenagers falling in love and dying the in course of 4 days.
The Miracle Worker
- Takes place in Alabama in the 1800s. Is about Helen Keller and her teacher.
Fiddler on the Roof
- Takes place in Russia in 1905. Is about a Russian Jewish man trying to retain the jewish traditions (particularly marriage) in his family as war is around the corner.
Can you tell exactly where/when this takes place? (aside from the title)
What has happened as a result of the big event, both to the character and society? (Given Circumstances) How have these results come about?
Does the character address his own personal feelings or is it just an informational lecture?
What are his motivations? Objectives? Tactics?
Women's Suffrage
English Rule during Bloody Mary and/or Queen Elizabeth
The Oregon Trail
Westward Expansion
No one EVER wrote anything historically-based without research.
Use multiples sources, use books (yes, really).
Who do you want to recite your monologue? A commoner? A royal court member? A prisoner?
What do you want them to talk about? What is the problem or conflict they are addressing?Remember you are not reciting a history lecture. Give them life.
How old is your character? Whether they are 15 or 85 makes a difference.
Pay attention to details that affect daily life.
100-125 words is about a minute of speech. Write a monologue that is about 3 minutes, or about 350 words.
Write something that not only informs your audience of the subject, but also touches them on a personal level.
Give your character life and meaning! What are their motives, objectives, tactics?
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