A quote can be an effective and powerful literary tool in an essay, but it needs to be done well. To use quotes in an essay, you need to make sure your quotes are short, backed up with explanations, and used rarely. The best essays use a maximum of 2 quotes for every words. In fact, four word quotes are usually best. Long quotes in essays are red flags for teachers. Too many students provide quotes that take up half of a paragraph.
How to Quote and Cite a Play in an Essay Using MLA Format
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Last Updated: December 17, References. This article was co-authored by Christopher Taylor, PhD. There are 11 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page. This article has been viewed , times. You may be unsure how to quote and cite play using MLA format in your essay for a class. Start by following the correct formatting for a quote from one speaker or from multiple speakers in the play. Then, use the correct citation style for a prose play or a verse play.
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MLA style provides guidelines for citing both small and large passages of plays in the body of your text. In addition, MLA requires you to note any plays you reference on a separate works cited list. How you include quotes from a play in your text will depend on how whether you're quoting a single character or dialogue between multiple characters. Whenever you quote a play in your essay, MLA style requires you to include an in-text citation showing where the quote came from. For a play, this will include the abbreviated title of the play, and the section of the play in which the quote is found.
A quote is an outstanding way to begin your introduction. But why better to start your essay with a sentence from somebody else who was smart and famous? Because it makes you seem strong and confident. The impression that the reader has about the speaker will be transferred to your essay.