Shakespeare’s Best Soliloquies

Everyone knows “To be or not to be,” right? That memorable line kicks off Shakespeare’s most famous soliloquy. Shoot, the most famous soliloquy. So obviously, that speech from Hamlet is number one. But what would the rest of the best be? At least according to me? Here’s my rankings of the best soliloquies and monologues.

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  1. “To be or not to be,” Hamlet.
  2. “Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,” Macbeth.
  3. “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears,” Julius Caesar. 
  4. “What a piece of work is a man,” Hamlet.
  5. The St. Crispin’s Day speech (“What’s he that wishes so?”), Henry V. 
  6. “This royal throne of kings,” Richard II.
  7. Shylock’s monologue (“Hath not a Jew eyes?”), The Merchant of Venice. 
  8. “Upon the king,” Henry V.
  9. “Now my charms are all o’erthrown,” The Tempest. 
  10. “Is this a dagger which I see before me?,” Macbeth.


About writerhoss

I am a writer from southwestern Ohio, and a frequent speaker at churches, conferences, and retreats. My books include The Bard and the Bible (A Shakespeare Devotional).
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