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 Look Who’s Talking, in which Bruce Willis voices the interior monologue of a wisecracking baby. Lisa Wong MacAbasco, Vogue, 5 Apr. 2024 The relentlessly polyphonic interior monologue makes for a frenetic, hilarious 100 minutes. Thomas Chatterton Williams, The Atlantic, 9 Feb. 2024 Voilà, our cruel world is improved by the materialization of Ice Spice, a 24-year-old from the Bronx who raps with vivid nonchalance, delivering a rhyming interior monologue that everyone can suddenly hear, communicating broadly but with telepathic intimacy. Chris Richards, Washington Post, 2 Feb. 2024 The shiba inu is sometimes overlaid with ironic interior monologues in comic sans font, as the website KnowYourMeme points out, or photoshopped to take on different forms, such as a loaf of bread. Julian Mark,, 4 Apr. 2023 Most of the stories touch on the struggle between Mussolini’s Black Shirts and the Communist opposition; Fascist deaths are related with relish, whereas a terrible empathy infuses the panicked interior monologue of a boy bearing a letter across a pass riddled with explosive devices. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 19 June 2021 Joe's obsessive, homicidal thoughts have been chronicled on screens since 2018, with Penn Badgley voicing the interior monologue of the identity-shifting, serial-killing stalker when the show first premiered on Lifetime then moved to Netflix in December 2019. Lanford Beard, Peoplemag, 11 Nov. 2022 The rapping became interior monologue. The New Yorker, 22 Nov. 2021 But drama is all about dramatic action, which is hard to reveal with somebody’s interior monologue. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Sep. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1922, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of interior monologue was in 1922

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“Interior monologue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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