What is a soliloquy? Why might a playwright choose to feature a soliloquy in a play?

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Dillon Breitenberg

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Soliloquys are a really interesting technique as they are often the only time that we hear a character’s true thoughts spoken directly to the audience. Shakespeare used them frequently in his plays to reveal innermost thoughts of characters and this often creates a dramatic tension as the audience become aware of things that other characters sometimes are not - similar to dramatic irony.

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