The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

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What is the MLA form to use quotes in this instance? Tom goes back to the camp and breaks the unhappy news to his Ma. It is now, that even though the Joad’s definition of family is changing to...

What is the MLA form to use quotes in this instance?

Tom goes back to the camp and breaks the unhappy news to his Ma. It is now, that even though the Joad’s definition of family is changing to include the migrant people, it is obvious that blood runs deep and losing a part of her most valued treasure, her family, is severely painful. “Family’s fallin’ apart,’ she said. ‘I don’t know. Seems like I can’t think no more. I jus’ can’t think. They’s too much.” (278).

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What has been stated above is correct about the period going on the outside of the parentheses only. If you have written she said as the words to introduce the quotation, these two words should stay in the sentence you have composed. For example, let us consider that you are describing Ma and how she has had to assume the role of matriarch because Pa has lost his position in the family. Ma worries that because of...

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The period should only go after the page number. There should be no period before the ending quotation mark. Also, since you want to say "she said" you can put it before the quote instead, and add [...] to show that you are going to talk about a different part of the quote.

She said, "Family's fallin' apart [...] I don't know. Seems like I can't think no more. I jus’ can’t think. They’s too much” (278). 

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