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Different PerspectivesAs defined by A Handbook of Literature a short story is a relatively brief fictional narrative in prose 480 Every short story is different and unique Evaluating them is a great way to find the differences Even though they are all different they are also very alike in the way which they unfold Each and every short story starts with an introduction which introduces the main characters and the settings The introduction then leads to the rising action which is when the conflict starts to create tension After the rising action always comes the climax which is when highest point of tension is reached Things then begin to unravel in the denouement only to end with the resolution which ties off all the loose ends The two stories that I chose to evaluate are An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce and Regret by Kate Chopin These two stories gripped my attention with their vivid imagery and their interesting conflicts I chose to focus on these two criteria while evaluating the storiesA Handbook of Literature defines a conflict as the struggle that grows out of two opposing forces Harmon and Holman 115 Conflict is what makes a story so fascinating Without conflict there is no point in reading the story Something which catches my attention is worth reading rather than something that puts me to sleep during the first paragraph A story which keeps you at the edge of your seat wanting to know more and more is a good story in my terms In the short story An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge the conflict is man vs man At the very beginning of the first paragraph Ambrose Bierce writes A man stood upon a railroad bridge in northern Alabama looking down into the swift water twenty feet below The mans hands were behind his back the wrists bound with a cord A rope closely encircled his neck It was
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