interior monologue


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 There’s no interior monologue in the film, so that struggle isn’t quite so legible in the movie. Jo Livingstone, The New Republic, 7 Jan. 2022 Rodgers’s performance deepens the unsettling mood of Feito’s interior monologue, about a New York mom haunted by the success of her husband’s latest mystery novel. Marshall Heyman, Vulture, 25 Aug. 2021 Liza’s inner story, which is also dramatized and also features her narration (her interior monologue), is far more troubled. Richard Brod, The New Yorker, 20 Aug. 2021 His thoughts are never directly communicated, whether by contrived narration or interior monologue. Nicholas Quah, Vulture, 22 June 2021 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, 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, 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, 7 Feb. 2020 Penn Badgley returns as Joe, the stalker-murderer bookstore manager with sad eyes and a ceaselessly cynical interior monologue. Washington Post, 25 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of interior monologue

1922, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of interior monologue was in 1922

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“Interior monologue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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