Soliloquy

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Soliloquy Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

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  • a (usually long) dramatic speech intended to give the illusion of unspoken reflections
  • speech you make to yourself

Definitions from Wiktionary


  • speech you make to yourself ,
  • a (usually long) dramatic speech intended to give the illusion of unspoken reflections

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Soliloquy Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


A soliloquy is a special kind of speech in a play. In a soliloquy, the character speaks to himself or herself. Other characters of the play are not aware of what is said. That way, the character can share certain thoughts or feelings with the audience.

There are many famous soliloquies in Shakespeare's plays such as the "To be or not to be" soliloquy in Hamlet, the "Is this a dagger" and the "Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow" soliloquies in Macbeth, and the "Bottom's Dream" soliloquy in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Plays changed towards realism in the 18th century. Soliloquies became less common in plays.



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