Soliloquies, prose and blank verse are but three types of writing styles that Shakespeare used in each of his writings. Soliloquies, used only on main characters, allow the audience to know what the character is thinking, when the character speaks his thoughts out aloud. Prose is the style that Shakespeare used for the lower class or more common type of characters in his plays. Pages, servants and criminals used this type of speech, which has no rhyme or rhythm to it. And lastly, verse, is the type of style that the main or important characters mostly used to speak. Verse or blank verse, has no rhyme to it, but has an internal rhythm. Each sentence is defined as an Iambic Pentameter. An Iambic Pentameter is defined as a ten-syllable line with the accent on every other syllable, beginning with the second one.
Compare and Contrast
Most of Shakespearean plays seem to be very different and far off from one another at first sight. But on the contrary they are quite similar in the way their structure and style. As an example, the plays, Othello and Romeo and Juliet may be used. One of the main themes of Othello is jealousy and one of the main themes in Romeo and Juliet is family conflicts. They seem to be very different plays and going by themes, they are very different. But in each Shakespeare play there are five parts and each of those five parts has a specific event to it. The first part, to set up or introduce to the audience the themes of the play. The third gives us the climax, usually where a great tragedy occurs or people solve confusions. And the fifth part is usually where some order is restored in each of the plays. As for style, each Shakespearean play has, in short, prose for the common, more lower class characters, blank verse or verse for the important characters and soliloquies to show the thoughts of the important characters. Therefore, even though the plays seem different, they are in fact, quite similar to each other.