interior monologue

noun

Definition of interior monologue

: a usually extended representation in monologue of a fictional character's thought and feeling

Examples of interior monologue in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ford has a gift for nimble interior monologues and a superb ear for the varieties and vagaries of human speech. Rand Richards Cooper, New York Times, "In Richard Ford’s New Stories, Ambivalence Is the Default Condition," 12 May 2020 Intriguingly, the two novels mirror each other in their structure, both being divided into four interior monologues. Coco Fusco, The New York Review of Books, "Love Among the Ruins," 24 Mar. 2020 The concerto became a dramatic push-pull, the orchestra launching ideas in extroverted fashion, Altstaedt refashioning them as interior monologue. Washington Post, "National Symphony Orchestra considers the one and the many in program of Grieg, Dvorak and Nielsen," 7 Feb. 2020 Penn Badgley returns as Joe, the stalker-murderer bookstore manager with sad eyes and a ceaselessly cynical interior monologue. Washington Post, "‘You’ returns with more stalking and murder. But maybe it’s time to break it off?," 25 Dec. 2019 But without the benefit of interior monologues, the show can waft abstractly into incoherence. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Porn Infiltrates Suburbia in Mrs. Fletcher," 28 Oct. 2019 For the most part, though, Enzo is just a dog with an interior monologue. Lindsey Bahr, Detroit Free Press, "‘Art of Racing in the Rain’ heavy on sentiment, cliches," 8 Aug. 2019 Sullivan workshopped his identity and his relationships, committing to the page an interior monologue of self-discovery that paralleled the gay-liberation movement, the burgeoning transgender-rights movement, and the AIDS crisis. Jeremy Lybarger, The New Yorker, "Lou Sullivan’s Diaries Are a Radical Testament to Trans Happiness," 16 Sep. 2019 For the most part, though, Enzo is just a dog with an interior monologue. Lindsey Bahr, Detroit Free Press, "‘Art of Racing in the Rain’ heavy on sentiment, cliches," 8 Aug. 2019

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1922, in the meaning defined above

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“Interior monologue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/interior%20monologue. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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