Опубликовано 01.01.1970

How to Quote and Cite a Play in an Essay Using MLA Format

The Modern Language Association (MLA) has very specific guidelines for quoting and citing information from a play within the text of an essay. While the citation is the same no matter who or what you are quoting, the method of quoting the play depends on several factors. This information should help you quote and cite plays correctly in MLA format.

Пошаговая инструкция

Шаг 1

Remember that any exact wording from the play must be properly formatted as a quote (as we will describe) and cited. Failing to adequately quote and cite material is a form of plagiarism and can have dire consequences, depending on the guidelines of your instructor and school.

Шаг 2

Quote a long monologue (four or more lines) delivered by a character by setting it off in block format. This means that, instead of enclosing it in quotation marks, you put the quotation on a separate line from the lead-in and indent it 10 spaces. For block quotes, end the lead-in with a colon. Don't forget to cite it. Example:
Willy continues his delusional discussion with the nonexistent Ben:
Without a penny to his name, three great universities are begging for him, and from there the sky's the limit, because it's not what you do, Ben. It's who you know and the smile on your face! It's contacts, Ben, contacts! The whole wealth of Alaska passes over the lunch table at the Commodore Hotel, and that's the wonder, the wonder of this country, that a man can end with diamonds here on the basis of being liked! (Miller 2.202)

Шаг 3

Quote sets of dialogue between two or more characters by also using block format and putting the characters' names in all capital letters. Don't forget a lead-in and a citation that includes all speeches being quoted. Example:
Willy's delusions consistently show how much Happy and Bernard idolized Biff, especially when they argue over who will carry his football gear:
BERNARD. Biff, I'm carrying your helmet, ain't I?
HAPPY. No, I'm carrying the helmet.
BERNARD. Oh, Biff, you promised me.
HAPPY. I'm carrying the helmet. (Miller 2.213-216)

Citations should always clearly show which work you are quoting from. But if your essay is only discussing "Death of a Salesman," for example, you would not need to put "Miller" in every citation. You could simply put the act and speech number: (2.213-216). Use an ellipsis (...) if you just want to quote part of a character's speech. This shows that you have left out something from the quote. Example: "...the sky's the limit, because it's not what you do, Ben. It's who you know...It's contacts, Ben, contacts!" (2.202).



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