Appreciated: The humor of the pilgrim sacraficing his wife's shoes before his own and eventually being stripped of all shoes (his own and even his horse's). The fixation of the Indian chief on shoes is funny. The stakes are high. The pilgrim has to successfully negotiate a trade with the Indian chief for food or he, his wife and their community will starve. The high stakes are established right at the top, orienting the audience right away to the dramatic situation (even comedy needs to hang its humorous bits on solid dramatic construction).
Age Range 30's to 60's
Character's gender is male.
Monologue genre is comedic.
Find this monologue in the collection "Men's Comedic Monologues That Are Actually Funny." I believe it is standalone (not from a play).
Monologue Writing 101 Elements (0 = Not Used. 1 = Used. 2 = Strong Usage)
1. Strong Want - 1. To feed his family and community!
2. High Stakes - 1. Make a successful trade or starve.
3. Tactical Variety - 1. Tries to charm the chief (fails), tries to evoke sympathy (fails), tries to trade things other than his shoes (fails).
4. Hook Opener - 1. Opens with pilgrim saying if he fails, they'll all starve.
5. Button Finish - 1. Closes with shoeless pilgrim asking to borrow some moccasins.
6. Sensory - 0
7. Internal Obstacles - 0
8. Past/Present Balance - 0
9. Discovery - 0.5. I suppose when each bag of food is handed to him as well as various reactions the chief is having can play as discoveries.
10. Restraint - 0
TOTAL "ELEMENT USAGE WEIGHT": 5.5
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