Age Range: 30s - Early, 30s - Late
Dialects: Standard American, Standard English
In this monologue, Jean is speaking with Miss Julie. He tells her how sad it is to be born into the lower class with no hope of raising oneself out of it. He recounts the time when they were children and he first saw her. He says he wanted nothing more than to play with her.
After having sex with Julie (the Count's daughter), the servant Jean tells her that she is no better than a common whore. He tells her that it is a relief that what the lower class had looked so highly upon is no better than they are. However, he is saddened that the thing has been striving for is so base. Toward the end, Jean changes his tactics and tells Julie that she is covering up her "mistake" by convincing herself that she's now in love with Jean. He goes on to tell her how desirable she is and that once a man is infatuated with her, it is not likely that he will stop.
After having had sex together, Jean (the servant) tells Miss Julie that there is only one option for her now. He tells her that she must run away. When she suggests that he come with her, he tells her that she is mad and that the her father would never get over such a scandal. He tells her that those in her class are a bunch of good-for-nothings and he begins giving her orders.
In this monologue, Jean tells Julie that they can run away so that they can be together. He imagines how successful they would be if they opened a hotel in the country. He then begins planning a train trip that will take them to Como in three days. He tells Julie that as long as they live in this house, there will be social barriers between them. He says that he will make something of himself someday; he only needs to take the first step and then he'll be on his way to greatness.
Prior to this monologue, Julie tells Jean in confidence that her mother had set fire to their home. In this monologue, Jean (the servant) tells Julie (the master's daughter) that he could not enter into a marriage with her because his ancestry is better than hers as no one in his family has committed arson. Once she becomes upset that he is throwing this information back in her face, he tells her that he warned her not to confide in him. He says that he doesn't understand why she is so upset since love is only something to play at and not anything on which to spend any significant time or energy.
AuthorName: August Strindberg
Eras: 1901-1950, 1851-1900
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PlayName: Miss Julie
Rating: Contains adult content
Copyright Status: Public domain
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