Documenting Film and Literature Kimberly M. Radek
Internal Citations:Quoting from Film • When quoting from films in your paper • Mention the film’s director (conventional author) in sentence OR include film’s title in parentheses • For short quotations, defined as one character’s speech only, mention character’s name for integrating • For extended exchanges of dialogue, set aside that quotation. • Indent the characters' names, in all capital letters, each two tab spaces, an inch. • Follow that name with a period and begin to quote the dialogue. For any remaining dialogue of the characters' indent an additional three spaces or a quarter inch.
Examples from Film • Shorter Quotation: Ron sheepishly says, “I’m Ron Weasley” (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone). • Longer Quotation: When Ron and Harry initially meet Hermione they are not very impressed, even though she successfully uses magic to fix Harry’s eyeglasses: RON. Whatever house I’m in, I hope she’s not in it . . . Stupid spell—George gave it to me, bet he knew it was a dud. HARRY. What house are your brothers in? Eat your breakfast. (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)
External Citation: The Work Cited • A film entry usually begins with the title and includes the film director, the distributor, and the year of release. Other pertinent information may be included between the title and the director. • It’s a Wonderful Life. Dir. Frank Capra. Perf. James Stewart, Donna Reed, and Lionel Barrymore. RKP, 1946.
Work Cited, special • If you are citing the contribution of a particular person with the film, then begin with that person’s name. • Columbus, Chris, dir. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Warner Brothers, 2001. Warner Home Video. DVD Release Date: May 28, 2002
Structure of Essay #4 • By point or by medium • By point, mention one point of comparison, then explain and prove (through quoting) how it is the one text, following that up with the proof and explanation from the other text • By medium, mention all the points of comparison from the first text with explanations and proof before covering them all again with explanations and proof from the other text
Thesis for Paper #4 • Titles and author and director • Points of comparison • Significance of the comparison
Evaluate the Following Theses • There are many differences between the book and the movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, mostly taking place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
In the book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, there are many magical differenced in the movie, such as wands, potions, and leg lock curses.
In the movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, based on the novel by J. k. Rowling, several characters are portrayed differently than they are in the book, resulting in an lesser ability to capture the viewers’ interests as the book has.
There are significant differences between the movie and the book of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone that cause Harry, Ron, and Hermione to have an easier time at Hogwarts as they have fewer obstacles in their way of rule-breaking.
Internal Citations:Quoting from Literature • When quoting from prose literary texts in your paper • Mention author’s name • In sentence or parentheses • List page number in parentheses • Integrate the quotation • In the paragraph, if four lines or less in length • By setting it aside within the paragraph, double-indenting, if it goes over four typed lines (from left to right margin)
Short Citations • Cite fiction by the page number directly after the quoted material. • If identifying the author in the sentence, then give only page number(s) in the parentheses after the quotation marks. • The character of Ruth, in Gloria Naylor's Linden Hills demonstrates great loyalty to her husband, Norman, when she stays with him, even though she becomes "past bone-tired, of hurting from being crushed between her hatred and love" (35) for him. • If not including the author’s name, then last name and page number, separated by a space, go in the parentheses. • Ruth demonstrates great loyalty to her husband, Norman, when she stays with him, even though she becomes "past bone-tired, of hurting from being crushed between her hatred and love" (Naylor 35) for him.
Name Teacher Class Date Paper #5: The Evil Character In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J, K. Rowling,one characherter, Hermione Granger is portrayed as a sweet Muggle child, but she really cloaks a hidden layer of evil. In fact, she repeatedly is rude to others, even using complicated spells against others who cannot defend themselves. For example, Hermione uses one against Neville near the end of the book. She is aware of the harm she could cause him, as she admits, “Neville, . . . I’m really, really sorry about this” (Rowling 273). Student 2 This pattern of rudeness and abuse is established earlier in the book when it is made apparent that Hermione Granger will hurt anyone, even a teacher: Hermione had fought her way across to the stand where Snape stood, and was now racing along the row behind him; she didn’t even stop to say sorry as she knocked Professor Quirrel headfirst into the row in front. Reaching Snape, she crouched down, pulled out her wand, and whispered a few well-chosen words. Bright blue flames shot from her wand onto the hem of Snape’s robes. ( Rowling 191) Obviously, Hermione has no sense of politeness, as her treatment of Quirrel shows, and no sense of respect for authority, as her attack on Snape shows. Examples from the Book
Name 3 Naylor describes Norman and his mental illness in a particularly poignant passage: Looking at him, it was difficult to imagine that this square-jawed man with the gentle, sloping lips was the same one who every other spring went up and down Wayne Avenue, screaming and tearing at his face and hair with his fingernails, trying to scrape off the pinks. He resorted to his teeth and bare nails only after everything else had failed—jagged sections of plates and glasses, wire hangers, curtain rods, splinters of wood once part of a dresser, a coffee table, or [Ruth's] grandmother's antique music box. Up and down Wayne Avenue—in a frantic search for untried edges and textures to dig into his skin—until he was taken away, arms forced and laced to his side, and sent into a twilight that dimmed the shades of his nightmare. (34) The “jagged sections of plates and glasses” and the “splinters of wood” (34) work very well symbolically to represent a person deteriorating under pressure—both external and internal. Long Citations • A direct quotation more than four lines (on the paper) should be set off from the text by indenting two tab spaces or an inch. • Double space these set off quotations and do not enclose them inquotation marks.
Work Cited • Don’t forget to cite the novel, per the Stylebook’s explanation
Other MLA Formatting Concerns • Use 1” margins • Header should be placed to print at ½” • Header contains your last name and page number at right margin • Left justified • 12 point, Times New Roman font • Double-space throughout