Sophie Steppe and Kaitlyn Meyer

Definition and History

  • A monologue is a dialogue written for one person to perform in a play or movie.
  • Monologues originated in Greece, sometime between 1615 and 1625.


  • Share a character’s ideas, point of view, or emotions.
  • Get a message, or any other important information, to the audience.

What Monologues Do To...

  • Character- can characterize the person speaking the monologue, or another character they are speaking about.
  • Plot- can provide important details to the audience about the plot through one speech instead of through acting out the whole story.
  • Setting- can describe the setting to the audience.
  • Theme- can make the theme more clear for the audience.