Right here we discover probably the most iconic monologues featured in Measure for Measure. Angelo, who initially seems probably the most ethical and pious characters, finds himself endlessly altered by the virtuous Isabella. Although he beforehand thought of himself proof against the powers of feminine temptation, on this second he’s overcome. Right here we see him battle along with his new actuality: “Can or not it’s/That modesty might extra betray our sense/Than girl’s lightness?”. This pure and “modest” girl has lastly ignited a vehement ardour inside Angelo.
This monologue is a present for an actor. The clear battle and palpable sense of inside agony makes it lively and naturally pushed. We see a person determined to work by means of these troublesome emotions. Because it’s a soliloquy you possibly can share this turmoil outwardly, and actually take us on the journey with you. It’s an ethical battle the place Angelo should wrestle with two opposing sides of himself for the primary time. Will he then use his energy to attain his base need, or rise above this temptation?
Angelo Monologue Act 2 Scene 2 (Unique Textual content)
Angelo: What’s this? What’s this? Is that this her fault, or mine?
The tempter, or the tempted, who sins most, ha?
Not she; nor doth she tempt; however it’s I
That, mendacity by the violet within the solar,
Do because the carrion does, not because the flower,
Corrupt with virtuous season. Can or not it’s
That modesty might extra betray our sense
Than girl’s lightness? Having waste floor sufficient,
We could need to raze the sanctuary
And pitch our evils there? O fie, fie, fie!
What dost thou, or what are thou, Angelo?
Dost thou need her foully for these issues
That make her good? O, let her brother stay!
Thieves for his or her theft have authority,
When judges steal themselves. What, do I like her,
That I need to listen to her communicate once more?
And feast upon her eyes? What’s’t I dream on?
O crafty enemy, that, to catch a saint,
With saints dost bait thy hook! Most harmful
Is that temptation that doth goad us on
To sin in loving advantage. By no means might the strumpet
With all her double vigour, artwork and nature,
As soon as stir my mood: however this virtuous maid
Subdues me fairly. Ever until now
When males had been fond, I smiled and marvel’d how.
violet: these are flowers generally related to advantage and modesty. They’re delicate and infrequently linked to purity and innocence.
carrion: carcass, nugatory beast, decaying flesh
season: time of 12 months, climate situations
sense: our senses
girl’s lightness: a girl being lewd or licentiousness
artwork and nature: the artifice of the courtesan
waste floor: brothels
raze:erase or wipe out
fie: exclamation of disgust, disgrace or indignation
stir my mood: disturb my psychological equilibrium