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In Bierce's "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, paragraph 5 shifts the reader's attention when Farquhar closes his eyes, thereby shutting off the outside world of his perceptions and opening up the inner world of his imagination. The reader's interest is thus pointed toward those things that he thinks he sees and experiences. First we learn of the apparent slowing of his watch, followed by his dream or belief that he is actually escaping. (This same perception persists once he is actually being hanged.) In paragraph 37 the narration becomes abruptly and cruelly dramatic. There is no more probing into Farquhar’s mind because he is dead. This crucial paragraph allows the reader to convincingly know that it is indeed a hallucination.
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