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Laura asks…

shakespeare monologue.?

I am in 8th grade and for our school play we are doing a midsummer night’s dream. We have to audition with a comical monologue of shakespeare. So does anyone have any really good monologues they could send me the link to. thanks. and im not that familiar with shakespeare’s plays so if you could tell me what the play and monologue are about, ill give you 10 pointss.

LoveKnots answers:

Try this monologue from Twelfth Night, Act II, sc. Ii.

Viola is onstage alone, realizing that the Lady Olivia has been so fooled by her male disguise that she (Olivia) has fallen in love with her (Viola). The ring Viola is talking about is a token of affection just delivered to her by Olivia’s ill-tempered servant, Malvolio.

I left no ring with her: what means this lady?
Fortune forbid my outside have not charm’d her!
She made good view of me; indeed, so much,
That sure methought her eyes had lost her tongue,
For she did speak in starts distractedly.
She loves me, sure; the cunning of her passion
Invites me in this churlish messenger.
None of my lord’s ring! Why, he sent her none.
I am the man: if it be so, as ’tis,
Poor lady, she were better love a dream.
Disguise, I see, thou art a wickedness,
Wherein the pregnant enemy does much.
How easy is it for the proper-false
In women’s waxen hearts to set their forms!
Alas, our frailty is the cause, not we!
For such as we are made of, such we be.
How will this fadge? My master loves her dearly;
And I, poor monster, fond as much on him;
And she, mistaken, seems to dote on me.
What will become of this? As I am man,
My state is desperate for my master’s love;
As I am woman,–now alas the day!–
What thriftless sighs shall poor Olivia breathe!
O time! Thou must untangle this, not I;
It is too hard a knot for me to untie!

Good luck at the audition!

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