Napoleon, Man of Destiny (drama skit)
Summary: In this captivating and sometimes humorous monologue using “today’s language,” Napoleon (1769-1821) thinks back over his life in 1820 and comments on his achievements.
This is a fabulous monologue for an aspiring actor as he needs to have comic timing but also the ability to move through many emotions.
WHERE IS THIS USED?
- History classes to introduce or summarize Napoleon
- Drama competitions
- Music-drama performances, 1800s
- Community events
This is a perfect SUMMARY of events after studying Napoleonic Europe and can be performed as part of an 1800s concert or presented as reader’s theatre in the classroom by a student or teacher. It has also been used to INTRODUCE Napoleon to students with an assignment to follow.
Teachers are saying...
✎“This monologue is perfect for an experienced actor. He not only moves between serious subjects and comic elements (so needs that comic timing) but works on nearly an empty stage. I intend to use this many times in my teaching career. I’m so happy to find it! Engaging. Entertaining. A gem.” – Amazon customer
✎“This skit skillfully shows Napoleon’s grandiose vision of himself and his importance. It would be a great part for a boy with a sense of humor, who is a bit puffed up and confident in himself. I like how nuggets of history are contained in even the casual things Napoleon says. Many people do not know the fascinating details. Other forgotten bits of history are brought to mind by what Napoleon says — such as the pope "crowning" him. Very engaging and clever material here.” -Mary C.
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***NOTE: A student or teacher can elect to do this monologue. Performing it has no negative impact on individuals or groups.