It is permissible to
quote an entire sentence (between two sentences of your own),
but in general you should avoid this method of bringing textual
material into your discussion.
Instead, use one of the following patterns.
Use an introducing phrase
or orienter plus the quotation
In this poem it is creation, not
a hypothetical creator, that is supremely awesome. [argument
sentence] The speaker asks, "What immortal hand
or eye / Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?" [data
sentence; orienter before quote]
Gatsby is not to be regarded as a personal failure. [argument
sentence] "Gatsby turned out all right at the end"
(176), according to Nick. [data sentence; orienter after
"I know you blame me," Mrs. Compson tells Jason (47).
[data sentence; orienter after quote] Is she
expressing her own sense of guilt? [argument sentence]
Use your own assertion and a colon plus the quotation
Vivian hates the knights for scorning
her, and she dreams of achieving glory by destroying Merlin's:
"I have made his glory mine" (390).
Fitzgerald gives Nick a muted tribute to the hero: "Gatsby
turned out all right at the end" (176).
Cassio represents not only a political but also a personal threat
to Iago: "He hath a daily beauty in his life / That makes
me ugly . . ." (5.1.19-20).
|Use your own assertion with quoted
For Nick, who remarks that Gatsby
"turned out all right" (176), the hero deserves respect
but perhaps does not inspire great admiration.
Satan's motion is many things; he "rides" through the
air (63), "rattles" (65), and later explodes, "wanders
and hovers" like a fire (293).
Even according to Cleopatra, Mark Antony's "duty" is
to the Roman state.