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An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge Ambrose Bierce Ambrose Bierce weaves a tale of intrigue and captivation by using shifts of voice and time in the story An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge In the first four paragraphs Bierce begins the story using third person and in this point of view he creates reality We can view the situation and all aspects while it is written in third person we know precisely what is going on we know it is real Near the end of the fourth paragraph the author shifts cleverly from third person to limited omniscient After having us view the story in third person Bierce transfers from reality to the main characters thought processes having us view Peytons thoughts and dreams also as reality He looked a moment at his unsteadfast footing then let his gaze wander to the swirling water of the stream racing madly beneath his feet P67 It is here where Bierce shifts and starts to mislead us by using Peyton Farquhars thought processes as a filter It is a clever shift because in this moment we are getting closer to the time of Farquhars death and we have previously read reality Time then slows down the explanation of the phenomenon of Peyton Farquharss death is both detailed and plausible and there is a special trick He closed his eyes in order to fix his last thoughts upon his wife and childrenP67 It is in this sentence that Ambrose Bierce starts to evoke hope in the reader The author knows that the majority of people view death as morbid the majority believes that there is often an alternative to death we often want to think that the result will be a fairy-tale ending Then after evoking hope the sergeant steps aside and Peyton plunges to his death but the author moves back in time taking the focus away from Peytons death After the brief description of the
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