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What is a speech to oneself called?

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A speech by a person to herself is called a soliloquy. The soliloquy is a dramatic and literary form of discourse in which a character talks to herself or reveals her thoughts while she alone or unaware of the presence of other characters.

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The playwright William Shakespeare artfully used soliloquies to reveal the minds of his characters in his plays. The self-addressed speech eventually faded out of the theater during the rise of dramatic realism in the 18th century. A soliloquy is similar to a monologue, a long speech that may be addressed to other characters or to the audience.

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