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The mind is a very powerful tool and plays a huge role in a persons life especially in these two characters One character is from An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce and the other in The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman Although their particular situations differ between each character one thing is constant the affects of their mind upon their circumstances The first character to be discussed is Peyton Farquhar in An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge Peyton is about to be hanged for treason It was at this moment that a voyage into his mind begins The other character in The Yellow Wallpaper is the narrator whose name I believe to be Jane Jane on the other hand is trying to recover from being sick although her sickness is not a virus or infection but a metal state of illness She is advised to stay in a room for rest and fresh air to aid in her recovery There in that room covered with yellow wallpaper is where her mind journey Begins The first time Peytons mind began to wander was before the order to hang him was executed With his eyes closed thinking about his wife and children his thoughts wandered to reflections upon the water fog over the stream and soldiers on the bridge Breaking through the thought of his loved ones was the sound of a sharp distant metallic percussion like the stroke of a blacksmiths hammer upon the anvil 514 His ears hurt as if being stabbed with a knife What he heard was the ticking of his watch 514 The faint sound from his watch was amplified by his mind making something out of nothing Janes first experience was two weeks into her stay in the room with yellow wallpaper This paper looks to me as if it knew what a vicious influence it had There is a recurrent spot where the pattern
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