Romeo & Julietwhat are the sililoquy and the theatrical asides in the play R/J by Shakespeare? help

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wannam eNotes educator| Certified Educator
There are a great many soliloquies and asides in the play Romeo and Juliet. Remember that a soliloquy is where a character speaks to themselves. They share their thoughts or feelings outloud and thus with the audience. One example would be the balcony scene where Juliet is speaking to herself about her feelings for Romeo. Remember that an aside is when the character speaks directly to the audience and the other characters on stage act as if they cannot hear him/her. In Shakespeare's works, the most common example of an aside comes from Othello. The character Iago frequently turns to the audience to explain his plans. Without these asides, the audience would be confused by the duality between Iagos actions and his thoughts. For more specifc examples from Romeo and Juliet, you may need to specify an act and scene.
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Another famous soliloquy is the "How oft when men are at the Point of Death" soliloquy by Romeo when he sees Juliet lying in the crypt. He muses on why she still looks so beautiful even in death, lacking the knowledge of what the audience knows: that she is really alive.

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Possibly the most famous soliloquy from Romeo and Juliet is Romeo's speech that begins "But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?"  Juliet has her famous "Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo" soliloquy in the same scene.  This is Act II, Scene 2.

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