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Gangs of New York Monologue

Gangs of New York by Jay Cocks
Character: Bill The Butcher
Gender: Male
Age (range): 18 - 55
Style: Drama
Length: 1 minutes

 

Bill the Butcher: Do you know what's kept me alive all these years? Monk does. Fear. The spectacle of fearsome acts. Someone steals from me, I cut off his hands. He offends me, I cut out his tongue. He rises against me, I cut off his head, and stick it on a pike. Hold it high in the streets so all can see. That's what preserves the order of things. That one tonight. Who was he? A nobody. A coward. What a fitting end that would have been. I killed the last honorable man fifteen years ago. You've seen his portrait. Downstairs. Answer me when I'm talkin' to you.