The UVic Writer's Guide
In many undergraduate essays, especially those on literary topics,
the most effective use of quotation is to incorporate short, illustrative
passages from the text into the essay. On Othello you might write something like this (discussing Iago's view of
An Othello in love is merely "an erring barbarian," momentarily
enticed but changeable in his appetites. A Desdemona in love is
merely "a supersubtle Venetian" who married the Moor for lust
and will leave him for youth "When she is sated with his body"
Quoting in this way both automatically supports the general point
you are making, and indicates your familiarity with the text.
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