Monologue

Abby Mohr

Definition

A monologue is a speech, similar to a soliloquy, that is delivered by one person, who is in the company of others, during a performance.

Purpose

The purpose of a monologue is to offer more insight into the meaning and conflicts of a performance, as well as feelings of a person, and justify the actions of a character. For example, in the play Romeo and Juliet, Juliet gives a monologue that tells the audience of her emotional struggle going back and forth between feeling grief for Tybalt and love for Romeo.
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Effects on Other Literary Elements

A monologue...

  • Lets an audience get to know a character more intimately, by making them aware of personal thoughts and feelings of that character.
  • Makes internal conflicts obvious to the audience.
  • Offers another point-of-view of certain situations and characters.
  • Can describe the setting through the words of a character.
  • Thicken the plot because of the previously mentioned effects on conflict and characters' emotions.

A Few Good Man "You Can't Handle the Truth"

Purposes/Effects

Purpose: Justify the character's actions, answer any questions the viewer may have about the plot, resolve a conflict, and give insight into the character's (Jessep's) feelings & point-of-view.

Effects: The monologue captures the audience's attention, changes the setting so that the mood is more intense, and marks the beginning of the resolution to the plot.