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Quote Integration

see how integrating or "weaving" quotes into your writing improves its objectivity!

If you have a neutral idea that does not enforce morals or claims “good” advice for others, then what you can do to enforce those ideas is letting quotes from a text “speak” and “work” for you! In other words, integrating quotes and examples from a text within your argumentative sentences will have a higher chance of convincing your audience of your objectivity.


Normally, in essays on novels and texts, students make it very clear that they are using an example to support their ideas. Due to their classes’ requirements or “pressure” from teachers, students emphasize their examples when writing. It typically starts with, “For example” then followed by the quote or evidence from the text. So we get statements such as,


[For example, Harry gets emotional by flowers, “He wept tears at the sight of the flowers”.]


There is nothing wrong with calling attention to your examples by using, “For example” or anything else similar. But often, writing like this will be very limiting and repetitive. By putting too much effort on setting up one or two examples, the reader will likely think your ideas lack an actual amount of evidence and only rely on a few out-of-context quotes for support. This ultimately results in the reader possibly regarding your writing as biased and weak.


To improve on this, consider integrating quotes and ideas into single sentences. State your ideas first and put in quotes that naturally exemplify your arguments in the same statement. With statements done in this way, we get something such as…


[Characters often feel sad at different moments such as, “Harry wept tears at the sight of flowers” or “Her mother’s words made Beth feel sad”, which ultimately results in…]

 

Your imagination can fill in the rest of that example, but what we see first the main idea being stated. Following that is minimal set up of quote, which is the phrase “such as”. Afterwards comes the quote and further explanation. Within one sentence, the main idea and examples are working together in an efficient manner to communicate an argument to the reader. So while basic models and formulas can get the job done, using quote integration can enhance the impression your writing creates and readily convince your reader that the arguments presented are purely academic and objective.

 

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