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What's soliloquy and monologue?

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blake-callowa... | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 4, 2007 at 10:44 AM via web

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What's soliloquy and monologue?

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mstinson | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted April 4, 2007 at 11:07 AM (Answer #1)

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Monologue - refers to a speech by one person in a drama, a form of entertainment by a single speaker, or an extended part of the text of a play uttered by an actor.

Soliloquy - a speech delivered by a character in a play or other literature while alone, or an utterance by a person who is talking to him/herself, disregardful of or oblivious to any hearers present. This technique is frequently used to disclose a character’s innermost feeling, such as thoughts, state of mind, motives, and intentions or to provide information needed by the audience or reader.

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clarineter128 | Student , Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 4, 2007 at 9:51 PM (Answer #2)

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A soliloquy is when a character talks to themselves when no one else is around.

A monologue is like a speech that a character gives

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renelane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted April 6, 2007 at 7:42 AM (Answer #3)

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A soliloquy and a monologue are similar in that they are both speeches made by a single person. The difference is that a monologue is intended to be heard by an audience, such as many late night hosts use a monologue format to entertain.
A soliloquy is usually meant to give an audience insight into a characters thoughts. Basically, the person is talking to him/herself.

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autumnafarless | High School Teacher | eNoter

Posted April 6, 2007 at 1:10 PM (Answer #4)

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A soliloquy is a dramatic device in which a character is alone on stage revealing his private thoughts to the audience. It is what one would call thinking out loud and usually gives useful information that the character could not usually just "come out and say."

A monologue is very similar to a soliloquy in that it can be spoken with the character under the impression of being along, or it can be spoken to others. It is often a fairly long, dramatic speech.

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bmadnick | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted April 21, 2007 at 9:01 AM (Answer #5)

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Soliloquy is when a character talks aloud on stage in order for the audience to know what he/she is thinking. This is the only way a playwright has of allowing the audience to get inside the character's mind. A monologue is when a person on stage is talking to the audience, such as Jay Leno when he delivers his opening jokes.

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