Identify monologue

We often watch the stand up comedy shows.

Such shows usually has one person who is speaking his mind out and expressing his feelings and entertaining the audience.

Similarly, in drama we have monologue, which is a long speech addressing the audience before the plot or action begins.

Let us learn more about monologue now.

Monologue refers to a solo speech given by a character to a second person in the play.

It is a means of expressing character’s thoughts and emotions.

Monologue may also be presented to an audience aloud.

A simple example of a monologue can be a ringleader’s speech in a circus before the show starts.

He would brief what all would be presented in the show. It will build excitement and anticipation in the audience of the performances.

Let us see more features of a monologue.

Unlike an aside where other characters do not listen to the character who is speaking, monologue can be heard by other characters.

Other characters may also react to monologue being spoken by the character.

Because monologue gives the audience and other characters an idea of what a particular character is thinking.

Let’s look at the types of Monologue

There are two types of Monologues:

Let’s see each one of them briefly.

Beginning with dramatic monologue.

A dramatic monologue is a speech that is given directly to the audience or another character. It can be both formal or informal.

In a play, all speeches given by a single character, to an audience or to even just one character, are dramatic monologues.

Example of a Dramatic Monologue is ‘Mother to Son’ by Langston Hughes.

Mother speaks to her son thinking that talking about her tough life would help her son. The monologue shows the speaker is strong and preserving.

Now we will see interior monologue.

Interior monologue is the expression of a character’s thoughts so that the audience can understand what is going on in his mind.

Interior monologues are usually spoken in the character’s voice, but audience cannot see him actually speak.

One of this examples of Interior monologue shows that the person is talking to himself about his feelings.

It is his inner voice and audience cannot see him speaking.

Time for a quick recap on what monologue is.

Monologue refers to a solo speech given by a character to a second person in the play.

There are two types of Monologues: