Depending on how you use reconstructed speeches, it can seem wrong or okay. For instance, plagiarism is when you take someone’s work and copy it as your own. That form of using reconstructed speeches isn’t the right way to do things. People can get in serious trouble for plagiarizing so using reconstructed as a part of my own word for word autobiography is wrong.

In your autobiography, sometimes you want to relate to something someone said or wrote and put it down as a “quote”. I’ve read several stories that refer to the quotes, for instance, the series of Inkheart actually include quotes of every chapter. They didn’t use it as part of their actual story or pretend that they had created the quote. They wrote down the quote and the name of the person who created the quote below it so that we know who wrote the captions.

Now, we all collect information from reading articles, books, the Internet, Wikipedia and all that. There’s no way we can write something without using information that we got from one of those but that is not called plagiarism. That is, as long as you put it in your own words. Putting things in your own words is taking the information of an article or website and shifting it to where it has the same meaning but looks and reads like a different sentence. A lot of kids decide to use plagiarism to make their assignment easier which is very true, but is it right? Taking someone else’s work that they worked hard on and making it your own, taking the credit for something you didn’t do?

A lot of famous people will agree and like I will right now, I am going to write the quotes word for word and then show who wrote it:

“Most plagiarists, like the drone, have neither taste to select, industry to acquire, nor skill to improve, but impudently pilfer the honey ready prepared, from the hive.”  – Walter Colton

Saying that plagiarism is like stealing the honey from a bee hive who worked hard to make that honey only to have it stolen.

“There is much difference between imitating a man and counterfeiting him.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Borrowed thoughts, like borrowed money, only show the poverty of the borrower.”  – Lady Marguerite Blessington

These are great quotes and hopefully, you can see the differences of reconstructed speeches as I have shown.

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