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AuthorName: August Strindberg
Eras: 1901-1950, 1851-1900
PlayName: Miss Julie
Rating: Contains adult content
Copyright Status: Public domain
In this monologue, Julie tells Jean about her parents. She tells him that her mother was a feminist and took over the management of their home. Once they became the laughing stock of the neighborhood, Julie's father took back control of the home. For revenge, Julie's mother set fire to the house and talked her father into using her lover to rebuild the home. Julie says that she took her mother's side as a child because she did not understand what was really going on. She tells Jean that it was from her mother that she learned to be distrustful of men.
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In this monologue, Miss Julie comes to her servant, Jean, with whom she had sex with the previous night. She tells him she's ready to run away and she needs him to come with her. She speaks of the memories that will haunt her and the remorse she feels.
Prior to this monologue, Jean (a servant and fiance to Christine) and Miss Julie (the Count's daughter)had sex. A desperate Miss Julie has been trying to convince Jean to run away with her. She has stolen money from her father in order to run away and open a hotel with Jean. Christine, who knows about the scandal, has just walked in on Miss Julie and Jean. In this monologue, Miss Julie tries to convince Christine to run away with her and Jean. She tells Christine that she will have a fine life as the cook of the hotel and that she will easily find a rich Englishman to marry.
Age Range: 20s - Early, 20s - Late
Dialects: Standard American, Standard English
The night prior to this monologue, Miss Julie had sex with her servant, Jean. Since having sex, they have been engaged in a power struggle. Julie, feeling like her life is over because of this scandal, is about to run away. The one thing she wanted to bring with her was her bird. Jean tells her that she cannot bring the bird with her and kills it for her, as she is too squeamish to do so herself. In this monologue, she tells Jean that she is not as weak as he believes her to be. In fact, she speaks of how she would like to see his blood spill. She tells him that she will not run away after all, but stay and confess what she has done. She recognizes that this confession will kill her father, but accepts this as a peaceful end to it all.