Sentence: The imagery of Macbeth’s soliloquy reveals the intentions he would like to achieve (“assassination,” “success”), but its construction shows the workings of a mind still very much in confusion. (Source: www.cliffsnotes.com)
Meaning: Act of one speaking to one’s own self aloud; A literary device used to reveal the innermost thoughts of a character
While both the words “soliloquy” and “monologue” involve a solo (single) speaker, soliloquy is about talking to oneself while monologue normally involves an audience.
How to Remember?
The word “soliloquy” has the root word “Loqui” which means “To talk” just like the word “Loquacious” (Click here to check its meaning). Additionally, it is formed by the Latin word “Solus” which means “alone“.
The part “soli-” should remind you of the word “solo“. Hence, solo talk – talking to oneself!
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