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Soliloquy Examples

A soliloquy is a device often used in drama when a character speaks to himself or herself, relating thoughts and feelings, thereby also sharing them with the audience. Other characters, however, are not aware of what is being said. A soliloquy is distinct from a monologue or an aside: a monologue is a speech where one character addresses other characters; an aside is a, usually short, comment by one character towards the audience. Soliloquies were frequently used in dramas but went out of fashion when drama shifted towards realism in the late 18th century.

William Shakespeare used soliloquy quite frequently in his dramatic plays. In Richard III and Othello, the respective villains use soliloquies to entrap the audience as they do the characters on stage. Perhaps one of Shakespeare's most famous soliloquies is found in none other than Romeo and Juliet:
"O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo? 
Deny thy father and refuse thy name; 
Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, 
And I'll no longer be a Capulet."

The main purpose of a soliloquy remains to acquaint the audience or the reader, the secret thoughts and/or intentions that the character is having in his mind. It also puts light on the external relationships, thoughts, and the future actions related to the character and to the other characters of the drama. Hence, it also discloses the feelings, the thoughts that the character has in his mind for the others.
Soliloquy Meaning
A soliloquy is a dramatic technique in which a character in a play expresses his inner thoughts and feelings by expressing them verbally. The other characters in the play are generally unaware of what is being said. This differentiates a soliloquy from a monologue, which is a speech given by one character to the other characters.
Soliloquy Examples
To be or not to be?