Some examples of dramatic devices in literature are soliloquies, asides and monologues. In a play, dramatic devices are key elements often used by a playwright to create a connection between the audience and the actors.
During the 12th century, dramatic devices were used in the Auto de los Reyes Magos. These literary techniques grew in popular usage in Renaissance drama and the comedies of the Baroque period.
In literary plays, a soliloquy refers to the running thoughts of an actor, which are heard by the audience; an aside is an actor's speech that directly addresses the spectators. A monologue is delivered by a single character and does not elicit a response from the other actors.