We're doing oral interpretations in class, and I was having trouble deciding which to do. I've got everything narrowed down to Lord Byron's "Prometheus", Edgar Allen Poe's "Annabell Lee", Aragorn's speech at the Black Gate in Return of the King, and some random line from Dante's Inferno.
I want something that I feel comfortable performing, and I think I'd be able to do all of these with the same skill. Which one would stir up the most emotion, be most controversial, or be best received?
As much as I like it, it's kind of like Henry V's St Crispin Day speech, I wouldn't go with Aragorn. It'll make you look like you just watched the movie 50 times and are too lazy to actually perform. If you copy Viggo's performance you will get low marks, and if you re-interpret it, even in a very good way, you will be (even at a subconcious level) judged against the movie. If it's a theatre class then you're better off with one of the other lines, simply because they are not from recent films, you will have much more freedom of interpretation and interpretation matters every bit as performance (sometimes more).
Well - as a professional, it would be almost unheard of to do that - Sokar is right. But as a (high-school?) student, you'd probably do alright - and get some extra kudos from your classmates. Make whatever you choose your own. Find something in the passage that CAN be controversial/stunning/whatever, and own that piece. I could watch Ian McKellan read the phone book - he's just got such amazing delivery...
Well, you see, the issue is, I've been accused of being overly dramatic and I've been told that I go overboard and overenunciate and use too much emotion. So it just seemed that the speech to soldiers before a battle would be the best for my speaking style. Also, I'm good at faking the excited shouting and stuff before a battle. But since this is a peer evaluation thing, I might not do too well being evaluated against a professional. Plus, he IS hotter than me, and that might affect the girls. I mean, even if I do my best, it'll still be something like: "He was good, but Aragorn was like oh my gosh so much hotter"