interior monologue


noun

Literature. a form of stream-of-consciousness writing that represents the inner thoughts of a character.
Movies, Television. the device of showing a character on screen who does not appear to speak, although the character's voice is heard on the soundtrack to create the illusion that the audience is hearing the character's thoughts.

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Origin of interior monologue

First recorded in 1920–25
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British Dictionary definitions for interior monologue

interior monologue

noun

a literary attempt to present the mental processes of a character before they are formed into regular patterns of speech or logical sequenceSee also stream of consciousness
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