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Character Biography - Through Miss Julie's Eyes.

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Drama on Stage - Level Two. Character Biography. Through Miss Julie's Eyes. My name is Miss Julie Hayes - daughter to the well-respected Count of Hagfors in Sweden. I am twenty-five years of age and one of the most beautiful and well-respected young women this town has ever seen, of course I am. I am fresh from a broken engagement, an engagement that I admit I may have had some part in ruining. My fianc�, the noble Alistair Lever, was not what you would call well trained. So we parted ways after an unfortunate incident with a whip several weeks ago. Since, I have become the talk of the town. Why must people complicate things by talking about them? Jean, my father's valet, always said: "People will talk Miss Julie". And I fear, in this dreadful society in which I am forced to live, that he is right. ...read more.


Following the fire, when my mother made Daddy borrow money from one her friends - who tuned out to be Mummy's lover - things have never been the same. And now, after that recent mishap, that lapse in self-control, thing never will be the same. What have I done? Miss Julie according to her creator - August Strindberg. Miss Julie is the protagonist and heroine of August Strindberg's 1880 play of the same name, Miss Julie. In his preface to the play Strindberg discusses what motivates the character of Julie: "she is stimulated by her mother's primary instincts, her father raising her incorrectly, her own nature, and the influence of her fianc� on her weak and degenerate brain. Also more particularly: the festive atmosphere of midsummer night, her father's absence, her monthly indisposition, her preoccupation with animals, the provocative effect of dancing, the magical midsummer twilight, the powerfully aphrodisiac ...read more.


Throughout the play there is a constant status struggle between Miss Julie and Jean. He impresses her with his vast knowledge and handsome features and she starts to make advances towards her servant. Jean in turn shies away, trying to convince her that it is not a good idea. The power struggle continues until, at the climax of the play, Jean takes advantage of his mistress and the couple sleep together. Miss Julie is left feeling helpless, her previously dominant character left behind, and she turns to Jean for help. She contemplates suicide, but is not even strong enough to follow that through. Miss Julie is experiencing severe depression, confusion and humiliation following her sexual encounter with her servant and brought on by the harsh society in which she lives. She wants only to be free of her social ties and commitments but sees no possible way out. ...read more.

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