PlayName: Father, The
Rating: Suitable for all ages
Copyright Status: Public domain
The Captain speaks to his daughter, Bertha, after he has been driven insane by the thought that he might not be her real father. He tells her that she must be his daughter and that she must only love him and not her mother. He then states that he must eat her before she can eat him. He ends by telling her not to be scared of him.
In this monologue, the Captain tells his wife always had the advantage over him and once he realized this, he saw that all his honor had disappeared.
Age Range: 40s - Early, 40s - Late, 50s
Dialects: Standard American, Standard English
In this monologue, the Captain explains to the Doctor that all women are deceitful.
In this monologue, the Captain tells his wife that he is aware of her plan to force insanity on him. He appeals to her interests by pointing out that if he goes insane there will be no income from his job and if he decides to take his own life, there will be no life insurance for her either.
This monologue takes place after it has been decided that the Captain will be admitted to an insane asylum. He enters the room while seeking literary "proof" that a man can never truly know if he is the father of his children. He then realizes the Pastor and Doctor are present and challenges their beliefs that they are the fathers of their children. He states that the only way a father can be certain of his rights of fatherhood is if he adopts a child.
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Here, the Captain speaks to his wife who has put the idea in the Captain's head that he may not be the father of their child. In this monologue, he remembers how they came to have a child and tells Laura how unfair this all is.
This monologue takes place after the Captain has been driven insane by his wife. Here, he tells her that that all women are his enemies, then reminisces about the days when they were in love, and ends by damning all females.
AuthorName: August Strindberg
Eras: 1901-1950, 1851-1900