A soliloquy (/səˈlɪl.ə.kwi, sˈlɪl.-/, from Latin solo "to oneself" + loquor "I talk",[1] plural soliloquies) is a monologue addressed to oneself, thoughts spoken out loud without addressing another.[2][3]

Soliloquies are used as a device in drama to let a character make their thoughts known to the audience, address it directly or take it into their confidence.[4] But sometimes that confidence may be partial--when characters share only part of their thoughts to the audience. [5] English Renaissance drama used soliloquies to great effect,[4] such as in the soliloquy "To be, or not to be", the centerpiece of Shakespeare's Hamlet.[6][7]

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  1. ^ "Soliloquy | drama". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2021-06-03.
  2. ^ Hasegawa, Yoko (2010). Soliloquy in Japanese and English. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Pub. Co. p. 2. ISBN 978-90-272-8753-3. OCLC 697617483.
  3. ^ Adam, Abdulaziz M. (2015-09-10). Soliloquies as a Dramatic Technique in Advancing the Plot In Shakespeare's Play Hamlet (Thesis thesis). Sudan University of Science and Technology.
  4. ^ a b Braunmuller, A. R.; Hattaway, Michael (2003). The Cambridge companion to English Renaissance drama (2nd ed.). Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press. p. 23. ISBN 0-521-82115-0. OCLC 50761151.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: date and year (link)
  5. ^ "What is a Soliloquy?: Definitions and Examples". Oregon State Guide to English Literary Terms. 2022-09-16. Retrieved 2022-09-16.
  6. ^ "Soliloquy - Definition and Examples of Soliloquy". Literary Devices. 2020-10-31. Retrieved 2021-06-03.
  7. ^ Selleck, Nancy (2020-12-15). "Interpersonal Soliloquy: Self and Audience in Shakespeare and Augustine". English Literary Renaissance. 51 (1): 63–95. doi:10.1086/711602. ISSN 0013-8312. S2CID 229181829.