A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

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What is a good example of a monologue, a soliloquy, and an aside in A Midsummer Night's Dream?

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The previous post cited below offers useful definitions of the three types of theatrical speech and some good examples from A Midsummer Night's Dream. We can amplify those ideas a bit as well.

When we think of speech in a play, we typically find a few functions. The simple expository information allows the audience to make sense of the plot ("So this is the Forest of Arden" alerts audiences to As You Like It that the setting has shifted from court to country. Shakespeare's early plays often contain a lot of this perhaps due to his less sophisticated understanding of how much the audience needs. See the opening to A Taming of the Shrew ). More interesting, though, is the discourse that contains conflict or tension. This reveals aspects of character as two or more people are negotiating what they want, which is the point of the play. Theseus's early speech to Hippolyta and her resistance are monologues that indicate their impending marriage seems likely to bring little happiness. At the end of...

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