I was asked to write a monologue about the story The Bet, however the monologue should be 2-5 minutes in length (approx. 250-500 words), and I'm supposed to choose one of the characters from the story. The character choices include:
- The old banker
- The young lawyer
- One of the party guests
- The watchman (night guard)
- A servant in the banker's house (assumed role)
So could you please help me to write this monologue? By the way, the monologue should be performed by one actor only, and should have an audience.
Please state which character you chose and which audience as well.
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One way to go about this is to choose the lawyer while he is in solitary confinement. Remember he has no human contact during this period. This is what makes this exercise interesting. His audience would have to be nonhuman. Maybe his audience changes as time goes on, and this might be reflected by his habits. During the first year, he plays a lot of piano; so he might have conversations with an imaginary Tchaikovsky or Mozart. In the fifth year, people who could see him through the window noted that he spoke angrily to himself. That could mean he was his own audience.
After the tenth year, the lawyer reads nothing but the Gospel, so his audience could be God or Jesus Christ. In his last two years, he reads indiscriminately as if he's looking anywhere and everywhere for some bit of wisdom in a sea of chaos. At any point during his conversations with these imagined characters or divine beings, he probably asks the big questions about the meaning of life, etc., but also the practical question of his predicament. Is the bet worth the money? Is he doing it on principle, to prove that a happy and/or significant life can be led in prison - with no human contact? These potential audiences could simply be his own imaginings or real hallucinations, a product of his possible madness during such a long confinement.
You might also try a monologue from the lawyer to some object in the room. Think of the movie Castaway where Tom Hanks' character speaks to a volleyball as if it were a person. Maybe the lawyer has carved a face into the wall and speaks to it in order to have some form of communication.
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