Ottessa Moshfegh Writing Styles in Eileen

Ottessa Moshfegh
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Point of View

The novel is written in the first-person point of view, the story being told in past tense through the eyes of Eileen. As the narrator, Eileen tells the tale of the 24-year-old version of herself from 50 years in the future. The time passed has allowed an older Eileen to add clarity to her own story. The older Eileen interjects continuously throughout the novel, pausing the narrative to provide some sort of explanation or justification for the actions of her younger self. The first-person point of view in the past tense gives the reader an in-depth access to the mind of Eileen, her deepest thoughts and darkest secrets. The narrator does not hold back when it comes to revealing thoughts about herself and the people around her.

While the use of the first person point of view gives unlimited access to Eileen's mind, the thoughts of...

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