What is an example of a soliloquy in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet?

1 Answer

tinicraw's profile pic

tinicraw | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted on

A soliloquy is when a character speaks out loud for the audience to hear and understand the innermost thoughts of his/her heart. The character on stage, however, does not acknowledge the audience--it is merely a technique to divulge information for understanding about the character's position or feelings. Juliet delivers a soliloquy in Act III, Scene ii as she is waiting for Romeo to visit her at the end of the day. She is anxious for the evening to come because she knows that it is then that Romeo will come to her and they can consummate their relationship as newlyweds. She's a jittery new bride, but eloquently puts for her thoughts through metaphorical language about the moon, the stars, and the darkness of the night.