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. English Renaissance drama used soliloquies to great effect; for example, the soliloquy "To be, or not to be" is a centerpiece of Shakespeare's Hamlet.
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- 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.CS1 maint: date and year (link)