In theatre, a monologue (or monolog) is a speech presented by a single character, most often to express their thoughts aloud, though sometimes also to directly address another character or the audience. Monologues are common across the range of dramatic media (plays, films, animation, etc.). It is distinct from a soliloquy, which is where a character relates his or her thoughts and feelings to him/herself and to the audience without addressing any of the other characters.[1] It is also distinct from an apostrophe, wherein the speaker or writer addresses an imaginary person, inanimate object, or idea.


See also




  • Cohn, Dorrit, Transparent Minds: Narrative Modes for Presenting Consciousness in Fiction, 1978.
  • Edwardes, Jane, The Faber Book of Monologues, Faber and Faber, 2005.
  • Hirsh, James, Shakespeare and the History of Soliloquies, Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2003.

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Transmission of ideasv · 1 person to themselves, mental
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