A Fine Line Between Fantasy and Fiction Essay

A Fine Line Between Fantasy and Fiction Essay

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A Fine Line Between Fantasy and Fiction

Metafiction defines fictional writing which self-consciously and
systematically draws attention to its status as an artifact in order
to pose questions about the relationship between fiction and reality
(Waugh 2). Metafiction, a term used loosely across many genres of
fictions, gives the idea of fiction as, concepts with the intention of
going beyond the familiar or presumed reality (Hembree 1). Using
metafiction to describe a works allows for usage along a full spectrum
of ideas. Metafiction provides the foundation for many short stories
and other works of fiction. Ambrose Bierce, a highly criticized
innovator of experimental fiction, uses aspects of metafiction
effectively in his writing projects. In one of his most famous works,
"An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," Bierce uses metafictional
characteristics to create a measure of comparison for the genre. In
the words of literary critic Cathy Davidson, "Bierce has staked his
claim as 'the precursor of postmodern fiction.'" Bierce's short
stories create intense drama in a small amount of space, although
usually leaving readers with many questions, strongly placing his
works into the metafiction genre. Often compared to the likes of Edgar
Allen Poe, the close examination of time, the attention given to
mental fiction to avoid real life, and the blending of reality and
fiction allow Bierce's works of fiction, the annotation of classic.

Bierce carefully divides the narrative, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek
Bridge," into three parts. Each part carefully intertwines the aspects
of the close examination of time, the attention given to mental

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...clouding the mind…something that never happens to me…. but
anyway I have a very strong background in English and literary writing
from high school which I am very thankful for, but it didn't help with
this paper. There are so many ways and spins that it could be written
with all the information in my face I didn't know where to start. I
don't feel like my end result is all that great and like I said before
I don't think this is the best paper I have ever written. However, I
am finished!!! *Cheers from the crowd* this paper along with numerous
other things and instructors have made for a very long and tiresome
week. I hope that now, although somewhat cynical in nature I can
retire for the night into a peaceful slumber…. and yes just like
Farquhar I must snap back into reality and finish the rest of my

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