definition of monologue

The monologue is a reflection or speech, generally short, that can be expressed aloud for himself or before an audience that will not intervene, mainly, because whoever performs it will not leave room for opinions.

Reflection or speech that is expressed aloud to oneself or in front of an audience and in which there is no room for interventions from the public

It is also common to find individuals who use the monologue on a recurring basis when expressing themselves, that is, the monologue is presented as one more characteristic of their personality that is usually accompanied by a large share of self-centeredness. People who are characterized by presenting a way of being selfish and believing in themselves, always want to have the floor and rarely let others have an opinion or exchange ideas with them. Basically because they are not interested in listening to others, what they think, they only care about what they say and what they think is done.

"With Luis you can never talk, our talks are reduced to monologues interpreted by him."

Whatever the case, monologues are speeches in which the interpreter does not interact in the same space and time with another interlocutor. There can of course be a spectator audience that listens attentively but has no room for intervention.

In the messages transmitted by the discourse, there is an implicit underlying dialogue, in a veiled way, although it is not carried out actively and shared with others. The monologue makes reference to various topics, circumstances, that the public that hears him knows but does not admit in any way the intervention of the audience. There will be an interpellation of other speeches but without that action being evident.

Resource used in literary genres and on television

The monologue is a type of resource used by most of the literary genres, being able to be found in stories, novels, plays, television programs, such is the case of many television humorous shipments in which comedians or showmans interpret a monologue generally composed of current affairs that are approached by it with humor and irony, among others.

Secondly, At the instigation of Dramaturgy, the monologue is the dramatic genre in which an actor or character reflects aloud expressing his feelings, ideas and emotions to the public.

Generation of empathy, characterization of characters and introspection

Basically the mission of the monologue is to generate empathy with the character or actor who expresses it. For example, it is used to produce certain desired effects on the public. But of course, as with any other resource, the message conveyed by the monologue must always be taken into account because it may not be conducive in some contexts.

The monologue can constitute a part of a work or the complete work, serving very especially to characterize the characters, a situation that attributes great psychological value to it, as well as being a fundamental tool to refer introspection.

Meanwhile, the monologue can consist of a conversation that a character has with himself or with an inanimate being, devoid of reason, such as a pet, a painting, among others. In the monologue the character who expresses it is projecting your emotions and thoughts outside of yourself.

The famous writer William Shakespeare stood out especially for having included many monologues in his works, for example in HamletThe one that begins with the famous phrase: to be or not to be, that is the question, is very prominent.

Inner monologue: manifestation of emotions and thoughts

AND in literature it is known as an interior monologue to the narrative technique that consists of reproducing in the first person the thoughts of a character as they come from his conscience; there is a manifestation of the interiority of the character, his thoughts and emotions. This narrative form is mainly characterized by presenting a less developed syntax, for example, omitting verbs, connectors, sudden interruptions or hesitant repetitions, among other options.