Some of the most famous monologues in English drama are Shakespeare’s monologues, with many of them appearing in three of his playsHamlet , Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet .

In case you weren’t 100% sure, a monologue is simply a long speech by a character to other characters, or sometimes a crowd. 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 monologues in his plays. Among Shakespeare’s most famous monologues are Henry V’s ‘Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more’ speech, where the king is leading his troops into battle, and Marc Antony’s ‘Friends, Romans and countrymen, lend me your ears’ speech in Julius Caesar, where Antony is addressing the Roman crowd after the assassination of Caesar.

Shakespeare Monologues by Play:

Hamlet monologues

Macbeth monologues

Romeo and Juliet monologues

2 replies
  1. Mark Blum
    Mark Blum says:

    I find the words spoken by Hamlet, Act 3 Scene 1 to be so profound !

    To reflect upon my life and experience I think -How eternal this is in that it applies to life today after all these centuries as an accurate depiction of life.

    Someone once stated this is a depressive statement.
    I don’t agree.
    I think it just so real and deep in thought to reflect with ones own soul about the realities of everyday life.

    While Hamlet was upset, I do not think he was really depressed as much as reflective and upset about life as he reflected upon his disappointment in so much.



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