How do I start my english monologue on Othello? I need to fill in a gap and silence within the play.  I was thinking at the start, where Iago is waiting for Roderigo. Also could you please give...

How do I start my english monologue on Othello?

I need to fill in a gap and silence within the play.  I was thinking at the start, where Iago is waiting for Roderigo. Also could you please give me a brief description on what a normal monolgue structure is? I can never start these things. Help needed!

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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The scene where Iago is waiting for Roderigo is a great place for an additional monologue.  Remember a monologue is basically one person speaking.  In this case, Iago is likely to be speaking to himself or to the audience.  If you are having trouble getting started, try brainstorming some ideas.  What might Iago be thinking about?  Consider what has happened in the play and we know will happen when Roderigo arrives?  What does the audience need to know about Iago at this point?  Try to use this monologue to help develop the character of Iago.  You can also use the monologue to foreshadow some of the events to come.  Perhaps, Iago might be thinking to himself how he wants the events of the story to unfold.  Once you have several ideas laid out, put yourself in Iago's shoes.  If you were Iago, what would you say to yourself while waiting for Roderigo.

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klassywithakay | (Level 1) eNoter

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Siana:

Let's start off by breaking down the question into parts - firstly what is a monologue? A monologue is an extended narrative that is delivered exclusively by one person. There are two types of monologues and that is, firstly, an interior monologue where a character's feelings and emotions towards a person (people) or event are revealed as part of the ongoing narrative of the play/story. What I think you are looking for is a "soliloquy" where a single performer on stage reveals his or her thoughts out loud while alone which the audience needs to know (Hamlet's 'To be or not to be' is perhaps the most famous soliloquy in English).

What does the audience need to know about Iago? What is the relationship like between Iago and Othello? What would Iago be thinking as he waits for Roderigo? What would he expect from Roderigo? I don't expect your teacher will expect you to write like Shakespeare in iambic pentameter so just deliver it in everyday speech!

Hope this helps.

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