Log In

Grades

Subjects

You must be logged in to use this feature

Need an account?
Register Now

Info

Grades

8-12

Accessibility

Transcript

Permitted Use

Stream, Download and Share


Part of

Shakespeare Uncovered

0 Downloads

169 Favorites

2797 Views


The Use of Soliloquy

In this series of videos from Shakespeare Uncovered, students explore the use of soliloquy as a device to reveal character and advance plot. They consider how using soliloquy perhaps more truthfully exposes character than other devices like dialogue. In addition, students focus particularly on the famous soliloquy in Hamlet, "To be or not to be," and discuss how and why the topics of his speech are best explored through soliloquy.

What is a Soliloquy?

This video segment introduces the use of soliloquy as a literary device. Soliloquies allow characters to speak directly to the audience – the audience becomes the character’s confidante.

Permitted Use:

Stream, Download and Share

Accessibility:

Transcript

Transcript:


Download:

Close

The Big Question: To Be or Not to Be?

This video introduces Hamlet's soliloquy from Act III, Scene i, and explores some of the big questions the character poses in this speech. The video also discusses the fact that in Shakespeare’s time suicide was forbidden.

Permitted Use:

Stream, Download and Share

Accessibility:

Transcript

Transcript:


Download:

Close

Many Different Hamlets

In this video segment, actors David Tennant and Jude Law discuss approaching the soliloquy from <em>Hamlet</em>, Act III, Scene i. Tennant and Law discuss how they each interpreted the play – in particular, the "To be or not to be" soliloquy – and how Hamlet is a very personal role for actors.

Permitted Use:

Stream, Download and Share

Accessibility:

Transcript

Transcript:


Download:

Close

Exploring the Dagger Scene

In this segment, Ethan Hawke seeks help from actor Richard Easton to understand the "Dagger" speech in <em>Macbeth</em>. The actors discuss the meaning of words and how to interpret and approach the soliloquy. Hawke notes that a certain magic happens when lines are read aloud.

Permitted Use:

Stream, Download and Share

Accessibility:

Transcript

Transcript:


Download:

Close

Tomorrow Speech

This video segment examines one of Shakespeare’s most famous soliloquies, which Macbeth delivers after hearing of his wife's death.

Permitted Use:

Stream, Download and Share

Accessibility:

Transcript

Transcript:


Download:

Close

Funder: Shakespeare Uncovered is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the generous support of the project’s lead foundation sponsor, the Howard and Abby Milstein Foundation. Major funding is also provided by Rosalind P. Walter, The Polonsky Foundation, Virginia and Dana Randt, the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, and PBS.
Producer: