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:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Monologues
Henry V Monologues
Julius Caesar Monologues
King Lear Monologues
Merchant of Venice Monologues
Othello Monologues
The Tempest Monologues

Shakespeare’s Top  Monologues:

“Alas Poor Yorick”: Hamlet Monologue Analysis

“Blow, Winds and Crack Your Cheeks”: King Lear Monologue Analysis

“Friends, Romans, Countrymen”: Julius Caesar Monologue Analysis

“Full Of Vexation Come I, With Complaint”: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Monologue Analysis

“Her Father Love Me, Oft Invited Me”: Othello Monologue Analysis

“How Sweet The Moonlight Sleeps Upon This Bank!”: Merchant of Venice Monologue Analysis

“I Am Arm’d And Well Prepared”: Merchant of Venice Monologue Analysis

“I Know A Bank Where The Wild Thyme Blows”: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Monologue Analysis

“I Must Eat My Dinner”: The Tempest Monologue Analysis

“Like To The Pontic Sea”: Othello Monologue Analysis

“My Mistress With A Monster Is In Love”: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Monologue Analysis

“O, Reason Not The Need”: King Lear Monologue Analysis

“Once More Unto The Breach Dear Friends”: Henry V Monologue Analysis

“Romans, Countrymen and Lovers! Hear Me For My Cause”: Julius Caesar Monologue Analysis

“Signior Antonio, Many A Time And Oft”: Merchant of Venice Monologue Analysis

“That I Did Love The Moor”: Othello Monologue Analysis

“The Feast Of St Crispin”: Henry V Monologue Analysis

“The Quality Of Mercy Is Not Strain’d”: Merchant of Venice Monologue Analysis

“To Bait Fish Withal”: Merchant of Venice Monologue Analysis

“To Horse You Gallant Princes”: Henry V Monologue Analysis

“Unhappy That Am I, I Cannot Heave”: King Lear Monologue Analysis

“Virtue! A Fig!”: Othello Monologue Analysis

“Ye Elves of Hills”: The Tempest Monologue Analysis

“You Are Three Men Of Sin”: The Tempest Monologue Analysis

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  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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