|Introduce your quotations
Introduce a quotation either by indicating
what it is intended to show or by naming its source, or both.
For non-narrative poetry, it's customary to attribute quotations
to "the speaker"; for a story with a narrator, to "the
For plays, novels, and other works with characters, identify characters
as you quote them.
Do not use two quotations in a row, without intervening
material of your own.
For further information see Quoting,
Paraphrasing, and Acknowledging Sources - How to Quote a Source.
|Pay attention to verb tense
Tense is a tricky issue. It's customary
in literary analysis to use the present tense; it is at the present
time that you (and your reader) are looking at the text.
But events in a narrative or drama take place in a time sequence.
You will often need to use a past tense to refer to events that
took place before the moment you are presently discussing:
When he hears Cordelia's answer, Lear seems surprised,
but not dumbfounded. He advises her to "mend [her] speech
a little." He had expected her to praise him the most; but
compared to her sisters', her remarks seem almost insulting (1.1.95).