Q: I found a monologue that I really love, but am unsure if there is a strong enough theme only because unless the audience knows the story, the theme is not necessarily evident. I would like to perform the opening monologue from the movie THE BLINDSIDE…
A: I can’t really “vet” monologues (I wrote a wordpress on this recently) but I would say that if you think the audience NEEDS the story’s context to understand the monologue’s theme then it probably isn’t a very good theme (or you are underestimating your audience). I will say that this monologue is very popular and having heard it a few times I don’t think the audience needs the story to understand the theme. In fact, the monologue appears before the audience even gets any story in the movie. so….?
The more important questions you should ask yourself are a) where does the theme appear, b) do you need all of this monologue or only a piece of it to make your point, c) is the theme any good?, d) are you likely to be the second or third person to deliver this monologue and, if you wind up being that person, can you still deliver effectively?
Hope that helps,
I came across this yesterday and thought I would share:
It’s an inventory from Greatest Films of the Best 700 Film Speeches and Monologues, indexed by year. I CANNOT guarantee that these monologues are doing what I want them to do (strong thematic coherence/central idea) but it’s a great place to start your search. The older you go, the more likely you are to find something of higher quality and that will be unique among your peers.
Would the monologue from 10 Things I Hate About You be a sufficient monologue for the assignment?
I don’t really vet monologues–some of the assignment is you using the criteria to select a good fit. My thoughts are this, assuming you mean stiles monologue/poem toward the end since you didn’t specify.
That’s a tricky one. It doesn’t have a central idea really; she’s processing out loud the fact that she still has attachment to a person who has not treated her well…so the central idea is like “I hate that I love you” which I can see coming across as complex and interesting in some situations but not on this one as much. It’s more about character development, which is to say that even disappointing emotional attachment has made her more available to herself and others (hence the teacher sending her to the principal for not being a smart ass). But I think that’s something we learn from the movie arc generally that isn’t necessarily clear from that movie specifically.
As you think beyond the monologue toward your two speeches of self introduction (one impromptu or written immediately prior to performance and one extemporaneous or written/revised well in advance) a personality test is a great way to start thinking about many “themes” to which you can attach yourself. This is one of my favorites but most tests will help spur your thinking and the more you take the better! In fact, if you find one you really like, please share it in the comments! (good way to earn participation credit if you aren’t much of a talker in class).
A great example of a strong theme is this Eminem Chrysler Commercial from a few years ago (after the Detroit Auto Bailouts): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKL254Y_jtc