Example 1: Using Quotations
The extract below, from a paper on Muriel Spark’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, shows how quotations can be utilized. Considering that the paper quotes from the novel extensively, page numbers are found inside the main body regarding the text, in parentheses, after complete bibliographical details have already been provided in a footnote to your first quotation. Quotations from secondary sources are referenced by footnotes. Short quotations are included, in quotation marks, inside the main body of this paper, while the longer quotation, without quotation marks, accocunts for an indented paragraph. Observe that even though the writing by the composer of the paper is coupled with quotations through the novel and sources that are secondary sentences continue to be grammatically correct and coherent.
Jean Brodie is convinced regarding the rightness of her own power, and uses it in a frightening manner: ‘Give me a lady at an impressionable age, and she actually is mine for life’. 1 this really is Miss Brodie’s adoption regarding the Jesuit formula, but, she moulds the child for her own ends whereas they claim the child for God. ‘You are mine,’ she says, ‘. of my stamp and cut . ‘ (129). When Sandy, her most pupil that is perceptive sees the ‘Brodie set’ ‘as a body with Miss Brodie for the head’ (36), there was, as David Lodge points out, a biblical parallel with the Church since the body of Christ. 2 God is Miss Jean Brodie’s rival, and also this is demonstrated in a literal way when one of her girls, Eunice, grows religious and is preparing herself for confirmation. She becomes increasingly independent of Miss Brodie’s influence and chooses to go on the side that is modern the Senior school although Jean Brodie makes clear her own preference for the Classical. Eunice refuses to continue her role whilst the group’s jester, or even to go with them to the ballet. Cunningly, her tutor attempts to regain control by playing on the religious convictions:
All of that term she tried to inspire Eunice in order to become at least a pioneer missionary in some deadly and dangerous zone of this earth, because of it was intolerable to Miss Brodie that any of her girls should grow up not largely dedicated to some vocation. ‘you will end up as a Girl Guide leader in a suburb like Corstorphine’, she said warningly to Eunice, who was in fact secretly attracted to this basic idea and who lived in Corstorphine. (81)
Miss Brodie has different plans for Rose; she actually is to be a ‘great lover’ (146), and her tutor audaciously absolves her through the sins this can entail: ‘she is over the code that is moral it does not apply to her’ (146). This dismissal of possible retribution distorts the girls’ judgement of Miss Brodie’s actions.
The above mentioned passage is obtained from Ruth Whittaker, The Faith and Fiction of Muriel Spark (London and Basingstoke: MacMillan, 1982), pp.106-7.