A monologue from the play "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by William Shakespeare

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About this Monologue

  • Character: Helena Hermia
  • Gender: Female
  • Age Range(s): Teenager (13-19), Young Adult (20-35)
  • Type of monologue / Character is: Dying
  • Type: Comic
  • Year: 1500
  • Period: Renaissance
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Description: A very well known scene from 'Midsummer-Night's Dream'. It's a great one to use for theatre auditions and drama school auditions. Best of all, it's fun to perform.
  • Location: ACT 3 Scene 2

Summary

A comic farce whereby Helena chides her friend Hermia because she believes her friend has betrayed her. She (wrongly) believes everybody is making fun and mocking her.

Written by Administrator

Excerpt

Act 3, Scene 2
   "Lo, she is one of this confederacy!
    Now I perceive they have conjoin'd all three
    To fashion this false sport, in spite of me.
    Injurious Hermia! most ungrateful maid!
    Have you conspired, have you with these contrived
    To bait me with this foul derision?
    Is all the counsel that we two have shared,
    The sisters' vows, the hours that we have spent,
    When we have chid the hasty-footed time
    For parting us,--O, is it all forgot?
    All school-days' friendship, childhood innocence?
    We, Hermia, like two artificial gods,
    Have with our needles created both one flower,
    Both on one sampler, sitting on one cushion,
    Both warbling of one song, both in one key,
    As if our hands, our sides, voices and minds,
    Had been incorporate. So we grow together,
    Like to a double cherry, seeming parted,
    But yet an union in partition;
    Two lovely berries moulded on one stem;
    So, with two seeming bodies, but one heart;
    Two of the first, like coats in heraldry,
    Due but to one and crowned with one crest.
    And will you rent our ancient love asunder,
    To join with men in scorning your poor friend?
    It is not friendly, 'tis not maidenly:
    Our sex, as well as I, may chide you for it,
    Though I alone do feel the injury. "

Comments

Administrator

Have fun with this one. Helena is experiencing what she considers to be a revelation about her friends' dishonesty. The comedy lies in the fact that she perceives to be true is not true at all. The audience knows it but she does not.



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