A Dramatic Moment All to Yourself

A Dramatic Moment All to Yourself
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     challenging words:    soliloquy, unkindly, dialog, responsive, monologue, better, presenting, assume, goal, dramatic, loss, influence, daily, facial, release, self-conscious
     content words:    Last Duchess, Robert Browning

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A Dramatic Moment All to Yourself
By Beth Beutler

1     At some point in your school years, you may have to take a speech class, whether you like it or not! During such a class, you will have to prepare a number of presentations, one of which will probably be a dramatic monologue. You will be presenting a piece where you will do all the speaking and will talk to the audience without anyone responding. This is similar to a soliloquy, although in a soliloquy, the speaker is actually portraying a conversation he having with himself, not an audience.
2     The words "dramatic monologue" may inspire fear, but they don't need to. Simply put, a dramatic monologue is a speech given by one person in a dramatic setting. Often, the person is sharing his or her feelings and observations about something in life, and is directing it to the audience. In a play or movie, the character is not talking to another actor, but speaking directly to the audience. The character may face the audience and may even be in the spotlight. The monologue may be lengthy as well.
3     According to Wikipedia, an example of a dramatic monologue is the poem "My Last Duchess" by Robert Browning. In it, one person is telling the whole story to someone else. There is not a conversation or a dialog.

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