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Greatest Modern Fantasy Speeches: 4 Memorable Monologues Since 1996

By    |   Tuesday, 05 Jan 2016 04:55 PM

“Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It's a way of understanding it,” fantasy author Lloyd Alexander said, according to Goodreads. Here are four memorable monologues from modern fantasy movies that have inspired countless viewers to clearly understand reality.

1. Aragon to troops in “Lord of the Rings: Return of the Kings”
“Men of Gondor and Rohan, my brothers! I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. The day may come when the courage of men fails, where we forsake our friends and the bonds of fellowship. But it is not this day. An hour of woes, of slashing shields when the age of men comes crashing down. But it is not this day. This day we fight!”

Before the battle of the Black Gate, Aragon rallies the men for what they believe will be their last stand, American Rhetoric noted. He turns their fear into determination, so that they will be capable of dying heroes’ deaths.

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2. Buffy The Vampire Slayer to Dawn in “The Gift”
“Dawn, listen to me. Listen. I love you. I will always love you. But this is the work that I have to do… You have to be strong. Dawn, the hardest thing in this world is to live in it. Be brave. Live. For me.”

Buffy’s entreaty right before she sacrifices herself is one of the most perfect truths: Living in the world is hard. It also epitomizes, according to the ebook “Heroes & Villains,” the “very nature of the heroic.” Buffy was played by Sarah Michelle Geller.

3. President Thomas J. Whitmore to troops in “Independence Day,” 1996
“Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind. ‘Mankind.’ That word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can’t be consumed by our petty differences anymore…we are fighting for our right to live. To exist. And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day the world declared in one voice: We will not go quietly into the night.”

This is a speech from America’s president, played by Bill Pullman, before the final battle that will define the fate of the earth. It is a mix of inspirational and passionate.



4. Neville Longbottom to Voldemort in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two”
“It doesn't matter that Harry's gone. People die every day. Friends, family. Yeah, we still lost Harry tonight. He's still with us, in here. [Points to his heart] So's Fred, Remus, Tonks... they didn't die in vain. But YOU will. 'Cause you're wrong! Harry's heart did beat for us! For all of us! It's not over!”

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This speech characterizes how far Neville, played by Matthew Lewis, had grown from the timid and clumsy boy presented in the first Harry Potter movie to the true and brave Gryffindor hero in the last.

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"Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It's a way of understanding it," fantasy author Lloyd Alexander said, according to Goodreads. Here are four memorable monologues from modern fantasy movies that have inspired countless viewers to clearly understand reality.
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