Some of the most famous monologues in English drama are Shakespeare’s monologues, with many of them appearing in three of his playsHamlet , Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet .

In case you weren’t 100% sure, a monolgue is simply a long speech by a character. This compares to a soliloquy, which is the act of a character speaking their thoughts aloud, often when they’re by themselves but sometimes with others around (read an in-depth article on soliloquies vs monologues). Shakespeare frequently makes use of both soliloquys and monolgues in his plays.

The links below lead to extracts from our modern English Shakespeare ebooks, making Shakespeare’s most well known monologues available – along with modern English translations – so you can fully understand his plays. We hope that you will find these Shakespeare monologue translations helpful:

Shakespeare soliloquies by play:

Hamlet monologues in modern English

Macbeth monologues in modern English

Romeo and Juliet monologues in modern English

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  1. Mark Blum
    Mark Blum says:

    I find the words spoken by Hamlet, Act 3 Scene 1 to be so profound !

    To reflect upon my life and experience I think -How eternal this is in that it applies to life today after all these centuries as an accurate depiction of life.

    Someone once stated this is a depressive statement.
    I don’t agree.
    I think it just so real and deep in thought to reflect with ones own soul about the realities of everyday life.

    While Hamlet was upset, I do not think he was really depressed as much as reflective and upset about life as he reflected upon his disappointment in so much.



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