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Gladiator Monologue

Gladiator by David H. Franzoni
Character: Commodus
Gender: Male
Age (range): 18 - 55
Style: Drama
Length: 2 minutes


Commodus: You wrote to me once, listing the four chief virtues. Wisdom, justice, fortitude, temperance. As I read the list, I knew I had none of them. But I have other virtues, Father. Ambition. That can be a virtue when it drives us to excel. Resourcefulness. Courage....perhaps not on the battlefield but there are many forms of courage. Devotion, to my family and to you. But none of my virtues were on your list. Even then, it was as if you didn't want me for your son. I search the faces of the Gods for ways to please you, to make you proud....yet I can never do it. One kind word, one full hug where you pressed me to your chest and held me tight would have been like the sun on my heart for a thousand years... What is it in me that you hate so much? All I have ever wanted was to live up to you. Caesar. Father.