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Context Quote Tie-in (CQT) for a Literary Analysis Paragraph

Introductory Sentence(s) A broad statement about your topic or about people in general. DO NOT
MENTION THE STORY

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Topic Sentence (what (not how) you are setting out to prove; should focus on the writing prompt and
include the title and author):

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Supporting example that proves topic sentence:

Context (whats happening in the story at the time of the quote; who/what/where):
Who is being described, or who is participating in the action, or who is talking to whom in
the quote. What the situation is in the story, or what just happened in the action of the
story. Where the action is taking place, or where the dialogue is taking place.

Quote (with citation please see below for examples):


Textual evidence can be narrators description or dialogue.
Textual evidence must help prove topic sentence!
Textual evidence can be a phrase, a sentence, or several sentences. You must include enough of the quote
to be able to say something about it!
Try to clarify pronouns by using [ ]. You can also use to take out words.

Tie-in to topic sentence (analysis of quote):


Explain how the context and quote prove the topic sentence.
Be detailed and specific! Analyze means to pull the quote apart!

Clincher Sentence(s) (another broad statement that wraps up the paragraph in a powerful way):
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Examples of Proper Quotes:
Quote of description: Rainsfords first impression was that the man [General Zaroff] was singularly handsome; his
second was that there was an original, almost bizarre quality about the generals face (Connell 9).
Quote of dialogue: I [General Zaroff] refuse to believe that so modern and civilized a young man as you [Rainsford]
seem to be harbors romantic ideas about the value of human life (Connell 13).
Note the citations at the endcitations MUST be included.