An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce

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

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In Part One of the short story, Ambrose Bierce uses third-person limited narration to describe the formal setting of the execution, as well as Peyton's thoughts. In third-person limited, the narrator knows the thoughts and feelings of one person. In Part One, Peyton's feelings are described as he panics after hearing the ominous ticking of his watch and contemplates his escape.

In Part Two, the narration switches to third-person omniscient. The background information leading up to Peyton's execution is presented as a soldier informs Peyton about the Union's proclamation concerning the Owl Creek Bridge. However, the reader is told that the soldier speaking to Peyton is actually a Federal scout. This information creates dramatic irony ,...

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minibug11 | Student

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

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