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What is the definition of monologue?

The definition of monologue is a passage in a literary work in which a solitary character speaks.

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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.

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The term is taken directly from the Greek monologos, meaning “speaking alone.”

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An example is Macbeth’s questioning of his own sanity in Shakespeare’s Macbeth:

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Is this a dagger which I see before me,

The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee!

I have thee not, and yet I see thee still.

Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible

To feeling as to sight? or art thou but

A dagger of the mind, a false creation,

Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain?

Act II, scene i : lines 42 – 48

see: dialogue, interior monologue, soliloquy

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