Monologue Monday

Monologue Monday: Mabel Chiltern from An Ideal Husband (Wilde)

Howdy everyone!!! Welcome back to Monologue Monday, where we raid Youtube for all those awesome monologue videos!!!

This week is Mabel Chiltern from An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde. For those of you unfamiliar  with the character and the play — the plot gets complicated but the message is simple, as Stageagent.com explains:

“At a distinguished dinner party in Grosvenor Square, London, we meet Sir Robert Chiltern, a wealthy member of the House of Commons; his wife, Lady Chiltern; his sister, Mabel Chiltern; and Sir Robert’s charming bachelor friend, Lord Arthur Goring. Suddenly, an unexpected — and unwelcome — guest arrives. Mrs. Cheveley is an old enemy of Lady Chiltern’s from their school days, Lord Goring’s ex-fiancee, and is on a mission to blackmail Sir Robert into supporting a fraudulent scheme to build a canal in Argentina. When she threatens to tell his beloved Lady Chiltern– and the world– that Sir Robert’s money came from an illegal stock secret, Sir Robert feels he has no choice but to give in to her demands When Sir Robert changes his stance on the canal, Lady Chiltern questions his decision, urging him to stay true to his morals. As Sir Robert flips back and forth between following his heart and protecting his reputation, Lady Cheveley tries to win back the affection of her ex-fiancee, Lord Goring. Deceit and lies weave themselves throughout as Wilde pulls the curtain on the hypocrisy of moralistic Victorian society. With wit and gaiety, Wilde paints a scathing critique of gossips, income gaps, sexist attitudes, and the perils of protecting one’s morals.”

OR if you wanna hear a student RAP the plot summary, that’s here. He says he got 92% on it.

The main idea seems to be that everyone has a past and we shouldn’t judge too harshly.

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Poster from a 2012 Utah production.

Meanwhile, the supporting character of Mabel Chiltern is described by Litcharts as:

“Sir Robert Chiltern’s sister, a lovely, funny young woman. Mabel takes frivolousness as seriously as Lord Goring. She is the only person in the play who can truly match wits with him, and their inscrutable, delightful wordplay is the form cast by their romance. Mabel and Lord Goring get engaged near the end of the play.”

She seems to be a popular monologue subject.

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See??

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Join us again Thursday when we profile an up-and-coming playwright with a unique voice AND join us next Monday for more monologues!!!

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Ciao.