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a) Does the plot have unity? b) Are all the episodes relevant to the total meaning? c)...

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law222 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 2) Honors

Posted September 16, 2012 at 8:21 PM via web

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a) Does the plot have unity? b) Are all the episodes relevant to the total meaning? c) Is the ending of the story happy, unhappy, or indeterminant?

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

by Ambrose Bierce

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climbergirl345 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted May 14, 2013 at 5:40 PM (Answer #1)

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a) The plot has unity in the sense that all parts, and ideas within the parts, are relevant.  It may seem to be not unified because it is not in chronological order.

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climbergirl345 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted May 14, 2013 at 5:44 PM (Answer #2)

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b) The episodes are all relevant to the total meaning.  Each section has its own purpose: part one describes what is occurring, part two gives the background behind the occurrence, and part three gives Peyton Farquhar's hallucination and the plot twist.

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climbergirl345 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted May 14, 2013 at 5:46 PM (Answer #3)

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c) The end of the story is unhappy, and somewhat shocking.  While the reader expects Peyton Farquhar to live out the rest of his life, he is hanged, his escape being only a hallucination.

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