Monologues Unpacked | Shakespeare Monologues Explained

Monologues Unpacked

Monologues Unpacked

Working on a Shakespeare monologue? Here’s our database of Shakespearean monologues that we’ve broken down, translated and explained. We’ve done all the hard work for you!

Get stuck into many of Shakespeare’s iconic monologues and learn how to truly bring them to life. These pages are all broken down by professional actors, who in many cases have played the roles. The monologues unpacked team includes Damien Strouthos, Jess Tovey and Andrew Hearle.

Hamlet (Act 1, Scene 2)

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This is the first of Hamlet’s 7 soliloquies and our initial glimpse inside the psyche of this troubled man. Dramaturgically this monologue serves to reveal Hamlet’s melancholy, and the root of his suffering. Here we...