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Soliloquy and monologues


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Soliloquy and monologues

  1. 1. Soliloquy andMonologues This is what type of speech?
  2. 2. Monologues A monologue is an extended uninterrupted speech by a single person. It is common in both drama and written fiction When the speech is directed to another person/people, it is called a monologue When the speech is directed to the person him/herself it is called a soliloquy
  3. 3. Monologue (Cont’d) Other types of monologues include  Dramatic Monologues (usually poetry)  Stand-up comedy (think Jay Leno at the beginning of the tonight show)  Villain Speeches (think Joker, Grinch)  Rants
  4. 4. Example of Monologue “Even or odd, of all days in the year, Come Lammas Eve at night shall she be fourteen. Susan and she (God rest all Christian souls!) Were of an age. Well, Susan is with God. She was too good for me. But, as I said, On Lammas Eve at night shall she be fourteen; That shall she, marry; I remember it well. Tis since the earthquake now eleven years…” (1.3.18-50)
  5. 5. Soliloquy A soliloquy is a dramatic device which allows a character to reveal his thoughts to the audience but not to the other characters in the play. In Shakespeare’s time soliloquies were widely used. When an actor was alone on the stage he could speak aloud his thoughts, thus giving the audience clear insights into his character and his intentions.
  6. 6. Examples of Soliloquies “But soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the East, and Juliet is the sun! Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon, Who is already sick and pale with grief That thou her maid art far more fair than she. Be not her maid, since she is envious. Her vestal livery is but sick and green, And none but fools do wear it. Cast it off. It is my lady; O, it is my love! O that she knew she were!..” (2.2.2-25)