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Soliloquies - Truth or Lie...or Overheard?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0812  Tuesday, 4 December 2007

From:		Larry Weiss <
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Date:		Sunday, 02 Dec 2007 00:23:46 -0500
Subject: 18.0801 Soliloquies - Truth or Lie...or Overheard?
Comment:	Re: SHK 18.0801 Soliloquies - Truth or Lie...or Overheard?

 >for a soliloquy to be a soliloquy, the speaker has to be
 >unaware that he or she is being overheard--Hamlet's
 >speech when he knows someone is listening furtively
 >to him is very different from his speech when we are
 >overhearing his thoughts, or when he thinks he is
 >alone. If the utterance is consciously spoken to deceive
 >another, it loses the "protected" status of soliloquy--first,
 >because the speaker knows that he or she has an onstage
 >audience, and second, because the speaker is intentionally
 >manipulating what is said.

Exactly; which is why Malvolio's reaction to the letter is a soliloquy 
even though he has an onstage audience.

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