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abuck94 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 25, 2012 at 12:15 AM via web

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I need two literary elements used, and two examples of each being used in the story and how these elements helped strengthen the story

I need two literary elements used and two examples of each being used in the story and how these elements helped strengthen the story. i would really appreciate some help i have no time to get this done.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 21, 2012 at 2:42 AM (Answer #2)

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Point of View is a determining element of this short story. Bierce cleverly switches from omniscient to third-person limited, to first person narrator with stream-of-consciousness. The magnificent use of variations in points of view create the unsurety in readers as to whether Peyton Farquar is truly hanged as they are led through the complexities of the human mind.

The Romantic notion that life will be gratifying finds its inevitable counterpart in Bierce's story as the Realism and Naturalism of the story intrude in the ending. As Farquar imagines his reunion with this beautiful wife, a blazing white light leads to darkness and

his body, with a broken neck, swung gently from side to side beneath the timbers of the Owl Creek bridge.

 

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