To sum up, speech is the main matter of a play, and it can be delivered in a number of ways in order to achieve a number of goals.

Manners of speech

Dialogue between two or more characters

  • Monologues, such as soliloquies or the briefer form of the aside

Purposes of speech

  • Exposition of plot
  • Driving the plot forward
  • Representation of relationships
  • Exposition of interiority

Next, we shall look at some examples of speeches in practice.

What Speeches Do: Dialogue