Quoting Too Much In Essays

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Below is a good example of blending in quotations: John Proctor deals with his own inner conflict as he is burdened with guilt and shame of his past adulterous actions.Yet during the climatic ending of the play, Proctor honours his principles as he rejects signing a false confession.

Below is a good example of blending in quotations: John Proctor deals with his own inner conflict as he is burdened with guilt and shame of his past adulterous actions.Yet during the climatic ending of the play, Proctor honours his principles as he rejects signing a false confession.

The discussion on quotations in this study guide can be applied to all three areas of study in the VCAA English course which have been explained in detail in our: Ultimate Guide to VCE Text Response, Comparative, and Language Analysis.

A quotation is the repetition of a group of words taken from a text by someone other than the original author.

Long quotations The multitudes of deaths surrounding Anna began to take its toll on her, burdening her with guilt as ‘sometimes, if I walked the main street of the village in the evening, I felt the press of their ghosts.

I realised then that I had begun to step small and carry myself all hunched, keeping my arms at my sides and my elbows tucked, as if to leave room for them.’ (Long quotations comprise of more than one sentence – avoid using them as evidence.

This will be discussed in detail under inserting them in quotation marks.

Failure to do so leads to ‘plagiarism’ or cheating.The punctuation mark used to indicate a repetition of another author’s work is presented through quotation marks.These quotation marks are illustrated by inverted commas, either single inverted commas (‘ ’) or, double inverted commas, (“ ”).Here is the same example again, with the student using ellipsis: The multitudes of deaths surrounding Anna began to take its toll on her, burdening her with guilt as she felt ‘the press of their ghosts…[and] begun to step small and carry myself all hunched…as if to leave room for them.’ (In this case, we have deleted:‘sometimes, if I walked the main street of the village in the evening’ and ‘I realised then that I had’ by using an ellipsis – a part of the quotation that is not missed because it does not represent the essence of the student’s argument.You would have noticed that a square bracket ([ ]) was used.Conversely, an essay with no quotations will not achieve many marks either. Quotations are a ‘support’ system, much like a back up for your ideas and arguments.Thus, you must be selective in how much you want to quote.If you have a long quotation you wish to use, be selective.Choose only the important phrases or key words, and remove the remaining sentence by replacing it with an ellipsis (…).There is no general rule in Australia regarding which type of inverted comma you must use for quotations.Single inverted commas are preferred in Australia as it follows the British standard.

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