Watchmen | Study Guide

Alan Moore

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Alan Moore

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Dystopian, Science Fiction

Perspective and Narrator

Watchmen is told primarily from the point of view of a third-person, omniscient narrator. However, the text also features first-person and third-person limited narration. The multi-narrative voices create a choral or symphonic effect.


The events of Watchmen are told in both the past and present tense.

About the Title

Watchmen is derived from the Latin expression, "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?" Attributed to Roman poet Juvenal, the question commonly translates as "Who watches the watchmen?" A more accurate translation reads "Who shall keep watch over the guardians?" In other words, who will keep the superheroes in check? How much can they be allowed to do in the name of the greater good? These questions permeate Watchmen.


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