Hamlet Theater A monologue is a speech made by one person speaking his or her thoughts aloud or directly addressing a reader, audience, or character. In Hamlet, the use of interior monologue seems most common. Where the character delivering the monologue is alone on stage, it may also be described as a soliloquy. This is where the actor speaks as if to himself or herself. It is introspective and reveals the inner motives to the audience. Writers such as Shakespeare used the soliloquy to great effect in order to express some of the personal thoughts and emotions of characters without specifically resorting to third-person narration. The major conflict in Shakespeare's Hamlet is him feeling a responsibility to avenge his father's murder by his uncle Claudius. Moreover, Hamlet struggles with his doubts about whether he can trust the ghost and whether killing Claudius is the appropriate thing to do. What separates Hamlet from other revenge plays is that the action we expect to see, particularly from Hamlet himself, is continually postponed while
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