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Dan Kelchner English......Mr Krucli
an occurrence at owl creek bridge hypertext
all quiet on the western front
julius caeser
Literature Assignments
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1 In Part 1, Bierce includes few details about the condemned man and does not reveal the reason why he is being hanged. How does this help create suspense? It helps create suspence because the reader does not know why the man is hanging there so the reader begins to ask questions.

2 In what ways are the condemned man’s perceptions of time and motion distorted as he is waiting to be hanged? Why are his distorted perceptions important? The condemned mans perception of time and motion is distorted as he is waiting to be hanged in the river beneath him is moving very fast and then allof a sudden it slows down and a piece of drift wood floats across very slowly. It is important because later in the sotry we find out in the time It takes for him to drop and die he dreams up a long dream which makes time slow down.

3 What seems to be the narrator’s attitude toward Farquhar in Part II? What is the narrator’s attitude toward war?

His attitude toward Farquhar that he is a coqard who desires to be a soldier but cannot due to restrictions. The narrorators attitude toward war is that it is pointless.   

4     Considering the outcome of the story, what is ironic or surprising about Farquhar’s longing for the “larger life of a soldier?” What is ironic about the fact that Farquhar agrees with the saying that “all is fair in love and war?”

 it is ironic because he thinks that a soldiers life is great because they get to fight wars and be heros what he doesn’t see is the bad part of war, death. It is ironic because is Farquhar doesn’t think that he will die by going out to try and stop the soldies by the bridge but they capture him and hang him.

5 What details in Part III suggests that Farquhar’s journey occurs in his mind? How is the journey connected with the plan of escape that occurs to him moments before he is hanged?

The detail like when it says that he is constantly swinging back and forth while he is in the water. Another is that he feels like he is swinging even while is in the river. Also when he sees the veins in the leaf and when he can see the bugs on the leaf. These are things that normal people don’t see.

6 Explain whether you think the portrayal of Farquhar’s final thoughts and sensations is realistic.

Yes I think they are. IF I was about to be hanged I would think of my family and all the thinks that I am going to miss out on because I am going to be dead.

7     Point of view refers to the vantage point from which the story is told.  Why is the limited third-person point of view appropriate for this story? How might the story be different if Bierce had used an omniscient third-person narrator?

It might have been different because you may not have been able to see what he is seeing like the man with the grey eyes and the whole part of time slowing down.


8              How does Bierce’s use of flashback contribute to the effectiveness of the story?

He uses flashback to create suspence and irony because he goes out of order. The story starts with the climax ( when farquhar is standing on the bridge) then goes back to the rising action (when the spy is talking to farquhar.

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