Using quotes in an essay

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Using quotes in an essay

  1. 1. Using Quotes in an Essay
  2. 2. Incorporating (“Weaving”) Quotes 1. Choose only the most relevant passage from a sentence or sentences. 2. “Weave” them into your own writing.
  3. 3. Example While it initially serves as camouflage, the boy’s painted faces become symbols for masking the evil that they do. When the boys paint their faces, they are able to do things that they would never do normally. “He capered toward Bill, and the mask was a thing on its own, behind which Jack hid, liberated from shame and self-consciousness.” (Golding 64)
  4. 4. Example (cont.) I incorporated just the piece of the passage I needed, and I “wove” it into my own sentence. Put citation after quote (or at end of sentence if quote is within sentence). Citation should include author’s last name and page number in parentheses with the period AFTER the parentheses. While it initially serves as camouflage, the boy’s painted faces become symbols for masking the evil that they do. When the boys paint their faces, they are able to do things that they would never do normally. When Jack wears his mask, he is “liberated from shame and self-consciousness” (Golding 64).
  5. 5. Practice The sow’s head, the Lord of the Flies, becomes a symbol for the evil within all human beings. In fact, the Lord of the Flies is described with dark images. “Simon found he was looking into a vast mouth. There was blackness within, a blackness that spread.” (Golding 144)
  6. 6. Altering Quotes So They Fit Your Essay 1. Use ellipses (…) to indicate that something has been omitted from the quote. 2. Use brackets ([ ]) to replace a word/phrase and add a word/phrase to a quote.
  7. 7. Example Not knowing that the beast is actually a dead paratrooper, it fuels the boys’ fear, resulting in terrible things. When Ralph, Jack, and Roger climb the mountain to search for the beast, they are unable to distinguish that it is just a man in the dark. “Behind them the sliver of moon had drawn clear of the horizon. Before them, something like a great ape was sitting asleep with its head between its knees. Then the wind roared in the forest, there was confusion in the darkness, and the creature lifted its head, holding toward them the ruin of a face.” (Golding 123)
  8. 8. Example (cont.) Not knowing that the beast is actually a dead paratrooper, it fuels the boys’ fear, resulting in terrible things. When Ralph, Jack, and Roger climb the mountain to search for the beast, they are unable to distinguish that it is just a man in the dark. When the wind picks up and lifts the paratroopers lifeless body, the boys believe it is “the creature lifted its head, holding toward them the ruin of a face” (Golding 123).
  9. 9. Not knowing that the beast is actually a dead paratrooper, it fuels the boys’ fear, resulting in terrible things. When Ralph, Jack, and Roger climb the mountain to search for the beast, they are unable to distinguish that it is just a man in the dark. When the wind picks up and lifts the paratroopers lifeless body, the boys believe it is “the creature [lifting] its head, holding toward them the ruin of a face” (Golding 123). Example (cont.) To make the sentence clearer, I changed “lifted” to “lifting” and put it in brackets. Now, it reads as a clearer sentence.
  10. 10. Practice Piggy’s glasses, now the main source of power on the island, become the target of Jack’s ambitions, and when he finally steals Piggy’s glasses, he “was a chief now in truth” (Golding 168).
  11. 11. Using Quotes in a Paragraph
  12. 12. Question: Discuss one type of conflict found in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, using a specific quote that illustrates this conflict. Response: Person versus self is a type of conflict found in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies. This is seen most frequently through the character of Ralph. Throughout the novel, Ralph struggles with his conscience as he decides how he will relate with the other boys on the island. For instance, after Ralph told the other boys Piggy’s name, Piggy is hurt. As Ralph considers how to respond to Piggy, he “[hovers] between the two courses of apology or further insult” (Golding 25). It is this kind of internal struggle that characterizes Ralph’s decision making throughout his time on the island. topic sentence background /context sentencewith quote concluding sentence
  13. 13.  Task: Write a paragraph response to the question below, using a quote from the novel. Incorporate it as shown in the example.  Question: Discuss how a specific object is used as a symbol in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, using a specific quote that illustrates the use of this item. Be sure to address both its literal and symbolic use. (Discuss the conch, which is introduced as a symbol for democratic leadership on page 22. Use a quote from this part of the novel.)

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