Marquis de Sade Writing Styles in Justine, Philosophy in the Bedroom, and Other Writings

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Point of View

The novellas and the novel are written from a somewhat flexible point of view. Each is written from two main perspectives. One is a form of third person, omniscient. This is always a fantastic viewpoint as one can see what's going on both inside the mind of an individual as well as what is taking place with the body.

Insights are also provided by extensive work done from an alternate first person viewpoint. In this regard, the Marquis may be said to have helped womankind through the use of some of his characters. They say things that 'nice girls don't necessarily say.' He shows sides of women and girls that may have been hidden in mainstream culture. His characters speak for 'disenfranchised girls and women' - at least, that's what we'd call it today.

In the case of the dialogues, of which there are several...

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