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WL Essays: Mentioning Characters

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I couldn't find this in the search bar, but in essays is it preferred to mention the names of characters, historic figures, and others, by their first time or their last name after mentioning their full name first? I know in journalism, last names can be used to indicate the subject being mentioned, but I wasn't sure concerning the IB.

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Generally if it's in a WL essay I'd refer to them by their full name or an honourific (e.g. Mr Blah or Mrs Blah) once and then proceed to refer to them by their surname or christian name subsequently. So yeah, pretty much what you said :(

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I agree with Sandwich. The MLA style handbook says to refer to characters by their full name first, then you can refer to them by what they are most commonly known as, family name, etc.

MLA does offer an exception; If a person/character is EXTREMELY well known, like Shakespeare, Hamlet :(, or Hitler, or famous religious figures , then you don't really need to refer to them by their entire name first, even though it contributes to a more "formal" paper.

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