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What does paragraph 5 indicate in Owl Creek Bridge?

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gebnartin | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 8, 2010 at 4:37 PM via web

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What does paragraph 5 indicate in Owl Creek Bridge?

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epollock | Valedictorian

Posted March 8, 2010 at 4:43 PM (Answer #1)

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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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