Thursday, June 27, 2013

SOLILOQUY: Stolen Shakespeare Literary Device #2

Soliloquy: A speech, usually lengthy, in which a character, alone on stage, expresses his or her thoughts aloud. The soliloquy allows the dramatist to convey a character's most intimate thoughts and feelings directly to the audience.

As I pointed out yesterday, a Shakespearean soliloquy differs from a monologue, which is spoken in the presence of other characters.

Now think about a novel. When does a first-person narrative become a soliloquy? When does it stop being one? A good dinner-table topic for some long evening with close friends.

The most famous soliloquy in the English language is Hamlet's "To be or not to be," but I won't be bothering you with that. You may well be sick of it.

Below, the villian Iago's in-your-face explanation to the audience of exactly what he plans to do to "enmesh them all." It's a perfect example of a soliloquy (not a monologue, as the YouTube description mistakenly attests). Why? Because if any other character in Othello were to overhear this battle plan, the play would be over! Here, the audience becomes a secret co-conspirator in the plot.


Below, a sentence from one of Firestone's soliloquies in my novel JIHADI.

Spurred by the present White Album track, I have just ordered a bowl of onion soup, though I doubt it will live up to my vivid memories of my mother's recipe: the delicate, translucent, caramelized pearls heaped atop and strewn throughout; the subtle touch of cinnamon; the broth of white wine that some would now condemn as hellfuel; central object, central ritual of those glorious candlelit Salem Thanksgivings of hers, soon to be rekindled.


You can read the entirety of Chapter One of my novel JIHADI by clicking here if you want a longer look.

575 words yesterday. Every day, every day, every day I write the book.

Hello again to all you writers and readers and thinkers I admire:  +L. T. Dalin 
+Elizabeth Einspanier +Ksenia Anske +Brandi Mazesticeon +C.M. Albert +Adella Wright +Brian Meeks +Paul Kater +Puddin' Tang +Paul Dinas +Kim K +lynn paden +Adrianna Joleigh +Becky Flade +Douglas Karlson +Madison Dusome +Claudette Anne Pearson +C.M. Skiera +Eustacia Tan +David Eccles +Mary Cain +Duncan Ellis +Becky Flade +kat Folland +N. Dionisio +James Mayes +Nina MJ  +Vladimir Nabokov  +Gavin Cruickshank +N. M. Scuri  +Ann Smyth +Christina Vani  +Ellis Bell  +John Ward +robson ferreira da silva +C.M. Albert +Daoud Ali +Aalia Khan Yousafzai +Ronda K. Reed +Puddin' Tang . I am using this blog to lift the curtain on my favorite new sentence of the writing day. The fact that I have committed to do this in front of all of you makes me less likely to get dodgy about my word count totals, which need to average 600 a day if I am to hit my complete draft target date. No comment or critique is requested, but knowing this is out there to you as a Monday through Friday commitment makes a difference in terms of my own integrity. Of course, if you don't want to be in on this, just let me know.