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How might the impact of this story be different if Bierce revealed the events in order?

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kita119 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 13, 2009 at 10:09 AM via web

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How might the impact of this story be different if Bierce revealed the events in order?

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troutmiller | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted January 13, 2009 at 9:58 PM (Answer #1)

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Bierce shifts his narration throughout the story as well as presenting the story out of order.  His narration shifts from a conventional third person point of view to a more revealing third person point of view in the second section.  We learn more about Farquar's feelings and his perceptions as well.  The third section then turns into a first person point of view and we are able to piece the story together.  Bierce does this to disorient the reader.  He wants the reader to hallucinate along with him and he wants the reader to be as disoriented as he is.  This helps to push the themes of time, deception and death and dying.

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