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Is there a specific way or MLA format to quote plays when writing an essay?

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emaw10 | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 13, 2011 at 10:38 AM via web

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Is there a specific way or MLA format to quote plays when writing an essay?

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted March 28, 2011 at 6:24 AM (Answer #1)

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There are several things you will need to do in order to correctly cite a quotation. You will want to include the act and scene in the sentence with your quote, so make sure you have that information. At the end of the sentence containing the quote, you should place the authors last name, act number, and scene number in parenthesis. For a short essay, you will likely be using a shorter quote; including that quote within a sentence is essential. For a longer essay, you may be using quotes that are more than one sentence. For these quotes, you should place the quote on a separate line indented 10 spaces, but still include the information in parenthesis at the end of the quote. For example, a quote from Romeo and Juliet might be used like this: Romeo predicts his own future misfortune when he says, "my mind misgives some consequence yet hanging in the stars" (Shakespeare 1.4). Notice the author, act number, and scene number at the end of the sentence. If you use a line-numbered text, you can also add the line number of the quote.

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