Hi! I am finishing up an essay based on the short story "Early Autumn" by Langston Hughes. It is only 2 pages, but all of my quotes are cited from page 1 in MLA format. It looks a little funny :) Is this correct or is there another way to cite them? Do I need to cite them at all? Thank you!
Thank you for the opportunity to help you with your question!
When in doubt, it is better to cite. If the entire paragraph uses the same reference, it's only necessary to cite once at the end of the paragraph.
When an essay is based on a short story, and there are no references to any other document, it is usually not necessary to cite every paragraph. Of course, use quotation marks around the excerpts and it is good practice to reference the name of the story and author in the introduction.
Please let me know if you need any clarification. I'm always happy to answer your questions.