It is notorious that we speak no more than half-truths in our ordinary conversation, and even a soliloquy is likely to be affected by the apprehension that walls have ears.Eric Robert Linklater: 1931Juan in America, bk.2, pt.4.
Iago's soliloquythe motive-hunting of motiveless malignity.Samuel Taylor Coleridge: The Literary Remains of Samuel Taylor Coleridge (published 1836), bk.2,'Notes on the Tragedies of Shakespeare: Othello'.
In his 1916 essay "The Exceptions", Sigmund Freud interprets Richard's opening soliloquy saying "we all demand reparation for early wounds to our narcissism, our self-love."Reza Baraheni (1977) The Crowned Cannibals: Writings on Repression in Iran, p. 11
And in Life's noisiest hour, There whispers still the ceaseless Love of Thee, The heart's Self-solace and soliloquy. You mould my Hopes, you fashion me within.Samuel Taylor Coleridge: "The Presence of Love" (1807), lines 1-4.
A man does not talk to himself quite truly not even to himself: the happiness or misery that he secretly feels proceeds from causes that he cannot quite explain, because as soon as he raises them to the level of the explicable they lose their native quality. The novelist has a real pull here. He can show the subconscious short-circuiting straight into action (the dramatist can do this too); he can also show it in its relation to soliloquy. He commands all the secret life, and he must not be robbed of this privilege. "How did the writer know that?" it is sometimes said. "What's his standpoint? He is not being consistent, he's shifting his point of view from the limited to the omniscient, and now he's edging back again." Questions like this have too much the atmosphere of the law courts about them.e. m. forster: Chapter Five: The Plot
Oh troika, winged troika, tell me who invented you? Surely, nowhere but among a nimble nation could you have been born in a country which has taken itself in earnest and has evenly spread far and wide over half of the globe, so that once you start counting the milestones you may count on till a speckled haze dances before your eyes... Rus, are you not similar in your headlong motion to one of those nimble troikas that none can overtake? The flying road turns into smoke under you, bridges thunder and pass, all fall back and is left behind!... And what does this awesome motion mean? What is the passing strange steeds! Has the whirlwind a home in your manes?... Rus, whither are you speeding to? Answer me. No answer. The middle bell trills out in a dream its liquid soliloquy; the roaring air is torn to pieces and becomes wind; all things on earth fly by and other nations and states gaze askance as they step aside and give her the right of way.nikolai vasilievich gogol: Vol. I, ch. 11
The soliloquy expresses something which has all the appearance of inevitability and credibility .p.9 (Shakespeare's Soliloquies)
The soliloquy of pre-Shakespearean drama was regularly addressed directly to the audience , forging a link between them and the stage .P.4 (Shakespeare's Soliloquies)
In a soliloquy a character could make himself and his plans known; at times he could also give an account of events off-stage, or introduce a character who was not to appear on stage until later. Frequently dramatists used the soliloquy for epic , narrative and descriptive purposes, that is to say for material which could not easily be fitted into the play in any other way.P.4 (Shakespeare's Soliloquies)
The Soliloquies developed by great dramtists like Calderon or Racine , Lessing or Schiller are distinctive soliloquies developed within certain limits and are not in the same way as of the typical soliloquy of Shakespeare ...if we were to postulate several basic types of soliloquy in Shakespeare, following the functional patterns found in drama before his time... we would only partially succeed in assigning to them the abundance of individual soliloquies. For all such categories as expositional soliloquy, reflective soliloquy, homily and so on, turn to be applicable in part only.P.2 (Shakespeare's Soliloquies)
Their [Soliloquies] study is particularly fruitful in enabling us to grasp something of the distinctive quality of Shakespeare ’s craftsmanship , being in-miniature reflections of his art of language and characterization, and his skill of dovetailing in the construction of scenes. Each soliloquy is connected in different ways and at different levels with the dramatic organism as a whole. There are more than 300 soliloquies in Shakespeare’s plays and we find them in every play, but their frequency in the individual plays varies, as does their length, which ranges from half line to seventy.p.1 (Shakespeare's Soliloquies)
By one track, which I have named the internal soliloquy, is oriented towards itself (listening to oneself, being attuned to oneself). In the internal soliloquy, analysis aim toward being open to try associations that the patients verbalization ’s bring to mind –letting all kinds of thoughts , and memories “bubble up” to their own consciousness as they may emerge from their own preconscious , and some times, their unconscious .Vincenzo Conigliaro M., D. Vincenzo, in The Internal Soliloquy: From a Psychotherapist's Heart and Mind Thoughts and Feelings I Did and Did Not Share with My Patients, AuthorHouse, 2010, p.1
Shakespeare ’s plays feature many soliloquies, some of which are his most famous passages. Perhaps the most famous is Hamlet ’s ‘to be or not to be’ soliloquy, where Hamlet contemplates suicide . The audience is taken through his thought processes, where he balances the pros and cons of ending his life – an all time classic soliloquy.No Sweat Shakespeare, in "Definition of Monologues & Soliloquies In Shakespeare".
A soliloquy is a word taken from Latin and it means ‘talking by oneself.’ It’s a device that dramatists – and Shakespeare to great effect – used to allow a character to communicate his or her thoughts directly to the audience . The character may be surrounded by other characters but the convention is that they can’t hear the soliloquy because it is essentially a piece in which the character is thinking rather than actually speaking to anyone. Audiences in Elizabethan times took the convention for granted. Modern playwrights use a whole range of devices to communicate the thoughts of a character to the audience as the soliloquy has become old fashioned: modern audiences generally expect something more realistic, although they relate to the soliloquies when they attend performances of Elizabethan plays .No Sweat Shakespeare, in Definition of Monologues & Soliloquies In Shakespeare
Soliloquy is sometimes wrongly used where monologue is meant. Both words refer to a long speech by one person, but a monologue can be addressed to other people, whereas in a soliloquy the speaker is always talking to himself or herself.'Collins English Dictionary, in "soliloquy"
Soliloquy is an utterance or discourse by a person who is talking to himself or herself or is disregardful of or oblivious to any hearers present (often used as a device in drama to disclose a character's innermost thoughts ).Random House Dictionary, in soliloquy, Dictionary.com
...a monologue, which is a lengthy speech. Unlike a soliloquy , however, a monologue is addressed to other characters, not to the audience .Language Study Guide, in The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare Figurative Language Study Guide
Monologue, in literature and drama, is an extended speech by one person. The term has several closely related meanings. A dramatic monologue is any speech of some duration addressed by a character to a second person. A soliloquy is a type of monologue in which a character directly addresses an audience or speaks his thoughts aloud while alone or while the other actors keep silent. In fictional literature, an interior monologue is a type of monologue that exhibits the thoughts, feelings, and associations passing through a character’s mind.The Editors of The Encyclopædia Britannica, in monologue, 8 February 2013