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The famous phrase of Hamlet "to be or not be", is it a soliloquy or a monologue?
What is the difference between soliloquy and monologue?
In a play, usually the characters are engaged in conversation. A "monologue" is when one of the characters makes a long speech in a play or movie, or as part of some theatrical work. This speech could be addressed to others on the stage, or directly to the audience in the theatre.
A "soliloquy" is when a character speaks his thoughts aloud, when he is by himself, or regardless of the fact that other characters in the play are also on the stage. It is for the benefit of the theatre audience.