Alexander Chee Writing Styles in The Queen of the Night

Alexander Chee
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Point of View

The Queen of the Night is told entirely through Lilliet’s eyes. She frequently jumps between her past story and her present actions. Sometimes, Lilliet goes into long summaries of various operas. These usually have to do with what is happening in her life. Everything is told from a future perspective, so the reader knows that Lilliet is looking back on everything that has already happened. For example, before telling her story about the Settler’s Daughter, she says “the other details he (Simonet) mentioned were so close to my life, this alone of it all seemed like a lie” (18). This introspection continues throughout the novel. While it removes some of the ambiguity behind Lilliet's stories (as she is clearly alive and able to tell them) this provides some extra depth to her character. Lilliet can lament on her situation and what she would have...

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