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Kramer vs. Kramer Monologue

Kramer vs. Kramer by Robert Benton
Character: Ted
Gender: Male
Age (range): 18 - 55
Style: Drama
Length: 2 minutes

 

Ted: When Joanna -- my ex-wife -- when she was talking before about how unhappy she was during our marriage...Well, I guess most of what she said was probably true. There were a lot of things I didn't understand -- a lot of things I would do different if I could. Just like I guess there are a lot of things Joanna wishes she could change...But we can't. Some things, once they are done, can't be undone. Joanna says she loves Billy. I believe she does. So do I. But the way it was explained to me, that's not the issue. The only thing that's supposed to matter here is what's best for Billy...When Joanna said why shouldn't a woman have the same ambitions as a man, I suppose she's right. But by the same token what law is it that says a woman is a better parent simply by virtue of sex? I guess I've had to think about whatever it is that makes somebody a good parent: constancy, patience, understanding...love. Where is it written that a man has any less of those qualities than a woman? Billy has a home with me, I've tried to make it the best I could. It's not perfect. I'm not a perfect parent. I don't have enough patience. Sometimes I forget he's just a little kid...But I love him...More than anything in this world I love him.