An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge By Ambrose Bierce – Book Report/Review Example
An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge In what ways are the condemned mans perceptions of time and motion distorted as he is waiting to be hanged? (25%)
As Bierce is describing the setting of which Farquhar was to be immediately facing his death in detail such as the beams, planks, ropes, and soldiers with their guns, ready to conduct his condemnation, Farquhar distorts his reality of time and motion when he imagines everything slowing down from the drift wood that is floating in the river to his death where he dreams of a long dream to prolong his life and granting his wishes of being able to see his wife (SparkNotes: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, n.d.).
2. What is ironic about the fact that Farquhar agrees with the saying that, "all is fair in love and war?" (25%)
The irony in the statement, "all is fair in love and war” made by Farquhar would be the fact aside from saluting soldiers who fight wars to be a hero of their generation despite the inevitable deaths, he still agrees to this statement even when he is not involved in any war and yet his death is being asked of him. His death is unnecessary as compared to soldiers who are willing and prepared to die.
3. What details in Part III suggest that Farquhars journey occurs in his mind? (25%)
We can see that Farquhar’s journey occurs in his mind as the author used a very limited third-person point of view, making the story seemingly told by Farquhar himself. Also, the reality of Farquhar’s fear of leaving everything behind especially his loved ones and holding his life dear to him as he deems it undeserving of death is a human nature that proves Farquhar is thinking about the series of events he is undergoing.
4. 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? (25%)
The limited third-person point of view is very appropriate for this story because it allowed readers to actually understand what was going through Farquhar’s mind. It was also instrumental in being able to emphasize realism used as a technique in the story, especially when Farquhar tries to distort it by creating his own imaginations of being able to escape his death and being able to see and hug his wife.
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