Dialogue refers to a conversation or discussion or to the act of having a conversation or discussion. It can also describe something related to conversation or discussion.
Dialogue, when used as a literary technique, helps to advance the plot of a narrative, as characters engage in dialogue to reveal plans of action and their inner thoughts and emotions. Sometimes, authors show us a character's inner dialogue where thoughts and feelings are revealed as the character has a conversation with him or herself. Often, we read outer dialogue, which occurs between two characters as spoken language.
"Lisa," said Kyle, "I need help moving this box of toys for the garage sale. Will you help me?"
"Sure!" Lisa put her book down and moved to lift one end of the box for her brother. She glanced down into the box. "Hey!" she exclaimed. "You can't give away your Harry Potter collection!"
"Well, I am not taking them to college with me." Kyle smiled at his little sister. "Do you want them?"
"Yes!" Lisa smiled back. "I will read them all again, and it will remind me of how we used to pretend to be Harry and Hermione."
"They are yours, Squirt." As Kyle smiled as his sister, he realized how much things would change in the next few days.
Example of Dialogue from Literature:
Conversation between Atticus and Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird:
After supper, Atticus sat down with the paper and called, "Scout, ready to read?"
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