The Graduate

I’m just living in Berkeley. Having grow

Benjamin Braddock

The Graduate

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Age Range
Act Two, Scene One
Time & Place
A boarding house, Berkeley, California, 1964,
Time Period
Show Type

Monologue Context

Benjamin Braddock, confused and at loose ends after college graduation, wandered

Monologue Text

I’m just living in Berkeley. Having grown somewhat weary of family life, I’ve been meaning to stop by and pay my respects but have not been entirely certain how you felt about me after the incident with your mother which was certainly a serious mistake on my part but not serious enough I hope to permanently alter your feelings about me. I love you. I love you and I can’t help myself and I’m begging you to forgive me for what I did. I love you so much I’m terrified of seeing you every time I step outside the door. I feel helpless and hopeless and lost and miserable, please forget what I did please Elaine O God Elaine I love you please forget what I did? Please forget what I did Elaine, I love you.

Johnson, Terry. The Graduate. Samuel French, Inc. New York, NY. 2003.p. 60.

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