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Fariss 1 Noor Fariss Mrs. Cunningham 11th grade Realism Essays 24 September 2018 The Use of Third Person Limited Point of View In the short story “An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge”, written by Ambrose Bierce, the use of third person limited point of view greatly impacts the plot. With this third person limited the narrator zooms in on one specific character’s thoughts and feelings. This helps the reader get more inside information on the character, Peyton Farquhar. There are three specific places in which this point of view shines the most - the opening moments in the story, the dream sequence, and the flashback. In the first parts of this story, Peyton Farquhar stands on a plank held in place by two other personals on either side. Soldiers, federal soldiers. Where his hands and neck are tied by ropes as the river rampaging below him. As he stands looking down at the river and his ‘unsteady footing’, he starts thinking of his wife and children, his last thoughts. He is aware of the fact that he may no longer be on this earth any minute now. This causes his thinking to go into overdrive his thoughts are jumbled and confusing as they rush through his brain faster than he can hold on to them before the next one comes in; trying to remember everything. This causes him to have heightened senses as the ticking of his watch slowly drives mad. “And now he became conscious of a new disturbance...Its recurrence was regular, but as slow as the tolling of a death knell. He awaited each new stroke with impatience and - he knew not why - apprehension. The intervals of silence grew progressively longer; the delays became maddening...They hurt his ear like the trust of a knife; he feared he would shriek. What he heard was the ticking of his watch (Bierce, 491).”
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Fariss 2 And last but not least this causes him to become more observant. This is evident here - “A piece
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