Soliloquies and Other Wordplay
The article’s assertion that the use of soliloquies, asides and other wordplay maintains the connection between the characters and the audience is very true. This connection is required to ensure that the audience flows with the play through its plot. The effectiveness of any play should be evaluated on the basis of the extent to which it has appealed to the audience’s feelings and emotions.
Moreover, an effective play should create enough suspense in the minds of the audience throughout the play. As demonstrated in Hamlet, proper use of soliloquies and other word play can create a feeling of shared emotions between the audience and the characters in the play. Another function that soliloquies and other wordplay perform is to enhance the audience’s understanding of the play. As a result of the complex stylistic devices used by the writers of plays, the audience may lose the plot of the play. Losing the plot of a play can reduce the audience’s liking for the play.
To reduce the chance of losing the plot, soliloquies asides and other wordplay provides the audience with clues of characters’ thoughts and feelings. This way, the audience feels that the writer of the play did not intend to lose them on the way, but rather to move with them along the plot. In my opinion, excessive use of asides and soliloquies can harm the relationship between the play and the audience since it makes the play very predictable. A healthy connection between the audience and the play is created by suspense. Any reduction in suspense makes the characters’ next move obvious to the audience.
As such, the play is likely to become boring to the audience. Play writers make deliberate moves that frustrate the obvious predictions of the audience from the characters’ move. This way, the audience struggles to be keen and ensure the next prediction is right. Consequently, the audience’s concentration on the play is enhanced.