In this female dramatic monologue Mouth, TILDA talks to her man about how he tends to talk down to her and she’s had enough of it.

TILDA:  Why do you come down so hard on me?  Just because you’re in a rotten mood, doesn’t mean you have the right to speak to me the way that you do.  I don’t care what other people say about me, they’re just voices in the dark, but you, you I love…your opinion obviously matters to me.  When you come down on me like you do and say those terrible things to me, it goes through me and knocks me down.  I don’t want to be knocked down!  (beat)  If you want to express something to me that you disagree with, you don’t have to be sarcastic and nasty about it.  You can just “talk” to me about it and I will respond calmly.  You say horrible things to me instead and work me up and it’s a miracle from God that I don’t lose my temper with you at times.  It really is…

Don’t talk to me like I’m a piece of shit.  You understand?  I want to be spoken to with respect because I deserve it.  I don’t verbally abuse you…don’t do it to me.  If I wanted to speak badly to you, you know that I can with my words but I refrain from that because I don’t want to hurt you that way…I expect the same consideration in this relationship.

That’s all I have to say about it.

Joseph Arnone


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