As he is about to greet his wife at the gate of his own home he takes a blow to the back of his neck. Instead of dying from an actual cannon at his home and perhaps in the arms of his wife, like a reader might have thought, he is dead wit... ... middle of paper ... ...ature. Even though Bierce does include things of which are unreal a reader can simply miss them after reading about all the realistic aspects. Without these immaculate verisimilitudes, a reader would find this story less captivating. Nor would a reader feel much sympathy for an average man just wanting to support what he believes in.
In contrast, Atonement has much more to work with, being a novel, however this story 's plot line is more subtly shifted. Atonement contains three different time periods, and only in the end do we learn that they are all a recollection from
Before he knew it the sergeant stepped aside and Farquhar fell though the bridge to his death, but this is not the e... ... middle of paper ... ...ay to end such a captivating story, but for those who were able to catch on it may actually seem quite peaceful. When reading Bierce’s story much of it does not make sense to a first time reader, how could Farquhar do all of this but in the end had died of a broken neck. When reading and analyzing the story further the experiences Farquhar has, the reader starts to sense that he was dead. Bierce made Farquhar an optimistic man and in his world between reality and imagination this is how he survived. Farquhar used his imagination to escape death, even though in the story he did die he used his imagination to escape his own pain and suffering by pushing his own mind into believing that his imagination was reality he would survive and did survive.
Farquhar demonstrates how people often disregard what’s going on around them and go on to persuades themselves in believing the unbelievable things. Throughout the whole story, Farquhar believed that he had escaped death, but after the introduction of the main character, Bierce highlights, “As Peyton Farquhar fell straight downward through the bridge, he lost consciousness and was as one already dead” (116). As illustrated by the author, Farquhar was long dead before he even starts imagining his freedom from death. Farquhar escaping his fate of death can be opposed by readers but refuting that at the end of the story, he still ended up being dead so if he had just accepted his death, he would not have to struggle much in both his fantasy and reality. For instance, imagined himself visiting his wife after escaping the bridge and as he was about to hold her, he came to realization that all those struggles to escaping was all an imagination as Bierce declares, “he feels a stunning blow upon the back of the neck; a blinding white light blazes all about him, with a sound like the shock of a cannon–then all is darkness and silence!” (120).
Third-person point of view is somewhat of a general knowledge of what the readers already know. For instance, “Sweat” was written in a form of third-person called third-person omniscient point of view, the narrator was not a character in the story but more of an outside source telling the story from a “birds eye view”. Point of view is an extraordinary part of literature; it’s what makes the story. With point of view the reader is able to experience the story in the shoes of the narrator or main character, the reader is also able to experience the story’s setting and the tone the author uses throughout the story enhance the reader’s overall experience. Point of view truly is a beautiful part of
We receive narrative from him alone for the first three chapters of the novel. This essay will investigate into the effectiveness of the narrative technique employed by Emily Bronte for the first three chapters of the novel. So what makes a good narrative? Firstly it should be unnoticeable to the reader, letting the story line unfold naturally. However Lockwood is far from being unnoticeable, in fact for the majority of the time he is, bluntly put, annoying.
His main focus was the water, and the driftwood floating down stream. At this point he was already thinking of ways to escape his death that was very near. Then shortly after you find out how Farquhar got him self into the trouble. A solider dressed in gray came to his house asking for water and since he was strongly for the south his wife was more than happy to give the solider a drink. So while she was getting the drink, Farquhar sat down to talk to the man.
Doodle could have prevented his own death. Doodle is responsible for his death, but not as much as his brother. Doodle over exerted himself before his death. If Doodle had said no to his brother, his death could have been prevented. Lastly, the narrator is guilty of leaving Doodle behind in a rainstorm while he was tired and scared.
In “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”, Bierce starts her short story on the edge with Peyton Farquhar, a 35 year old planter from the south, standing on Owl Creek Bridge with his hands tied behind his back and a noose around his neck. There are soldiers from the north surrounding him. Two soldiers, one on each side of him, take away the plank in which he is standing on. Falling to the water, Farquhar focuses his last thoughts on his family, while also having hopes of freeing his hands and diving into the water below. A flashback occurs and readers learn that Farquhar and his wife were sitting on a bench one night when a soldier, who looked as if he was from the south, rode by asking for a glass of water.