In case you weren’t 100% sure, a monolgue is simply a long speech by a character. This compares to a soliloquy, which is the act of a character speaking their thoughts aloud, often when they’re by themselves but sometimes with others around (read an in-depth article on soliloquies vs monologues). Shakespeare frequently makes use of both soliloquys and monolgues in his plays.
The links below lead to extracts from our modern English Shakespeare ebooks, making Shakespeare’s most well known monologues available – along with modern English translations – so you can fully understand his plays. We hope that you will find these Shakespeare monologue translations helpful:
Shakespeare soliloquies by play:
Hamlet monologues in modern English
Macbeth monologues in modern English
Romeo and Juliet monologues in modern English