Okay, so I'm trying to write a monologue for my drama exams coming up, but I'm having a little trouble with putting it all together. I've figured out my character. I'm writing a historical peice set in late 19th century Japan, and my character is a man in his mid-twenties who was once a samurai, but after the sword was banned after the Bakamatsu in Japan, is forced to abandon his way of life. He has a yong wife and a new born child, but has no skills or trade to support them with. He feels lost in a changing society, and betrayed by the emperor who he so loyally served on the battlefield. Anyway, I've decided to write my monologue in a part of his life when his character shifts. He gets sick of having no money, of feeling lost and isolated, and he abandons his ideals of honour and loyalty in order to rebel against his emperor. There will be a major event which will cause this shift, such as his young daughter falling ill and him not being able to afford a doctor. The real problem I'm having however is figuring out how to represent this shift in character through the dialogue. At the start, I want him to still be clinging to his old ideals, but throughout the course of the monologue he becomes more incensed and eventually decides to act. I want to highlight the way he loses who he is when he abandons his ideals and beliefs. So, any ideas?