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What point of view is used in "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge"?

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In Part 1 of the story, a third-person limited omniscient point of view is employed. This means that the narrator can only report the thoughts and feelings of one character, and that character is the man about to be hanged. In addition, the narrator is not a participant in the events of the story. The narrator describes the actions of the other characters, but he only reports what would be visible to an observer. We learn, of the man about to be hanged, that "He closed his eyes in order to fix his last thoughts upon his wife and children." We learn that he became aware of "a new disturbance," as he listened to the ticking of his watch as it appeared to slow down. The narrator even reports the man's thoughts about how he might "throw off the noose and spring into the stream" if only he could free his hands, and his gratitude that his home "is as yet outside [enemy] lines."

In Part II, the narrator reports a tiny amount of Mrs. Farquhar's feelings, that she "was only too happy" to...

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this short story is mix between two points of view;

third person dramatic: where it is just telling the facts and what is happening

third person limited omniscient: where it is telling the story from one character's perspective- only his thoughts

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thirds person