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