Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra" and "Henry VI Part 1" both contain monologues for female characters, as do "Addams Family Values" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End." The monologues are brief but diverse, as each one requires a different style of delivery.Continue Reading
Cleopatra's monologue from "Antony and Cleopatra" takes place after Antony has left Egypt to return to Rome, where Sextus Pompeius is planning to attack. Cleopatra wonders to herself where Antony is, and if he is thinking about her, before reflecting on her age and past lovers.
The Countess of Auvergne's monologue from "Henry VI Part 1" is, by contrast, a comedic soliloquy. The Countess has invited Talbot to meet with her, although she is planning to capture him. As Talbot enters, the countess is surprised that a man of such a small stature has a reputation as a fearsome warrior. She is shocked that "the scourge of France" appears to be "a child, a silly dwarf."
Wednesday's monologue from "Addams Family Values" is from a play within a film, in which Wednesday deviates from the script and announces her plan to attack the pilgrims at the first Thanksgiving dinner. Her tone changes from admiration to intimidation as she invokes the native gods and promises to scalp the pilgrims.
In "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," Elizabeth Swann delivers a rousing speech to the Black Pearl's crew as they prepare for battle. This monologue is a good choice for an actor looking for a passionate, inspirational monologue.Learn more about Public Speaking