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8/22/2018

Soliloquy

Soliloquy definition, what is soliloquy, short note on soliloquy.


It is a dramatic technique of speaking alone on stage. It is a dramatic technique of exposing to the audience the intentions, thoughts, and feelings of a character who speaks to himself while no one remains on stage. For example, four lines of Hamlet 's famous soliloquy are quoted below :

“ TO BE , OR NOT TO BE , THAT IS THE QUESTION:
WHETHER 'TIS NOBLER IN THE MIND TO SUFFER
THE SLINGS AND ARROW OF OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE,
OR TO TAKE ARMS AGAINST A SEA OF TROUBLES”

(Shakespeare: “Hamlet” , Act III, Scene I)


A soliloquy is different from an aside. Though , both in a soliloquy and an aside only character speaks , in an aside some other characters remain present on the stage but in a soliloquy none remains on stage. A soliloquy is different from a dramatic monologue. The soliloquy is a dramatic technique but a dramatic monologue is a form of poetry in which a single speaker speaks  to a silent listener who responds by physical gestures.

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