DOAS Monologue

The following is an example I created of a monologue for the character of Biff from “Death of a Salesman.”

This is a monologue because Biff is speaking for a long time and without interruption. It also reveals something about him.

This monologue would fit in the current plot the night where Linda revealed to Biff and Happy that their father was not doing well and that he was attempting suicide.

Biff: I am struggling. I’m struggling a lot, with dad, with mom and just with life. I wasn’t always struggling though. There was once a time where I was confident and self-assured. When I was in high school, I was on the football team and dad was proud of me. All we would talk about was that big Ebbet’s Field game. He would say I was gonna be big, that I was gonna be a huge success, but now… Now I don’t know where I’m going. I’ve tried many different jobs in the field of business to try and make it. I tried being a salesman so that dad could be proud of me again, but I just couldn’t do it. Instead I got stuck jumping from job to job to job and mom thinks I’m a philandering bum. I know I’ve got to do something, I’ve got to stick to something. Hopefully I can get that opportunity. Now it’s as urgent as ever, especially now that dad’s life is at risk. I never knew he would… Well now that I know I’ve gotta help by making him confident in me. Then maybe I can be confident in myself. I can build a better future for all of us. I know I’ve been running my mouth for a long while Happy, but you’re one of closest friends. I know I can talk to you.

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