Queen Anne is addressing Richard, Earl of Gloucester, after he murdered her husband King Edward and the latter’s father, King Henry.
Cursed be the hand that made these fatal holes!
Cursed be the heart that had heart to do it!
Cursed be the blood that let this blood from hence! [...]
Foul devil, for God’s sake, hence, and trouble us not;
For thou1 hast made the happy earth thy2 hell,
Fill’d it with cursing cries and deep exclaims. [...]
Blush, blush, thou lump of foul deformity; [...]
O God, which this blood madest, revenge his death! [...]
Either heaven with lightning strike the murderer dead,
Or earth, gape open wide and eat him quick.
Richard III (Act I, scene 2), William Shakespeare, around 1593.
1. you 2. your
Daenerys Targaryen’s speech
I was born at Dragonstone.
Not that I can remember it.
We fled before Robert’s assassins could find us.
Robert was your father’s best friend, no? I wonder if your father knew his best friend sent assassins to murder a baby girl in her crib.
Not that it matters now, of course.
I spent my life in foreign lands.
So many men have tried to kill me, I don’t remember all their names.
I have been sold like a broodmare.
I’ve been chained and betrayed, raped and defiled.
Do you know what kept me standing through all those years in exile? Faith.
Not in any gods, not in myths and legends.
In Daenerys Targaryen.
The world hadn’t seen a dragon in centuries until my children were born.
The Dothraki hadn’t crossed the sea, any sea.
They did for me!
I was born to rule the Seven Kingdoms, and I will.
Daenerys Targaryen’s speech, Game of Thrones, Season 7, episode 3.
Choose one of the queens’ speeches and deliver it in front of the class using the correct intonation and tone of voice to convey the right emotions. The class elects the best performance.
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My favourite female character
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Contribute your entry to a video channel poll of top female characters from Game of Thrones and Shakespeare’s plays. Include pictures and excerpts from her best monologues. Viewers will vote for their favourite.