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An occurrence at Oul Creek Bridge - How does the narrator indicate by his methods of writing that PF's experiences aren't real?

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AN OCCURRENCE AT OUL CREEK BRIDGE How does the narrator indicate by his methods of writing that PF's experiences aren't real? At the beginning of the third section it begins by saying PF fell and lost consciousness. Not many people would survive a fall like that, which makes us think "Oh that's strange he's still alive." It says, "and was as one already dead." This is very unlikely because in any normal situation the rope would have probably snapped his neck. PF awakens to find a pain around his neck. He feels as if the rope is suffocating him. The pain is shooting down him, "heating him to an intolerable heat." Note the language used here, using the word heat twice. The writer says that PF has no senses except his sense of feeling; this is a very unlikely event because if one sense works the rest usually do too. PF then feels that he is the centre of a cloud, that he is the fiery heart. He feels himself swinging in oscillating arcs like a pendulum. The language used here is strange as well; it's like describing something that would happen in a dream. ...read more.


He manages to get out of the river, and starts heading for home through the forest. He can't find his way out of this forest, because there seems to be no breaks in it at all. PF even notices that this is a strange occurrence. PF finds a road when it reaches nightfall. He feels that he can't go on, but he thinks of his wife and children, this keeps him going. The last thing that happens to PF is he can no longer feel the road beneath him. This is very strange. Then he arrives at his house, and sees his wife and children, He tries to reach out and grab them, but a pain in his neck appears and he begins to see white lights. Suddenly, all becomes dark and silent. Now we defiantly know that he was dreaming the whole thing and that it really all happened in a flash. PF is now dead. Using the story we will answer a series of questions and look at the theme, narrative technique, structure and point of view. Here is the narrator's opinion of war, soldiers and military matters. ...read more.


His facial looks are said to be good, a straight nose, firm mouth, broad forehead. He has combed back long dark hair. He has a moustache, and a pointed beard. It says he has a, "Kindly expression." The narrator quite likes this man, and probably feels sorry for him. The narrator says he is no vulgar assassin and the army will hang anyone who does something wrong, even a gentleman. PF is a politician, and is devoted to the southern cause. "Circumstances of an imperious nature which it is unnecessary to relate here, had prevented him from taking service with the gallant army." I think its because his wife wouldn't let him. From this we can deduce that he has a big interest in military matters and he feels that his chance to join the army would come in time. We find out that PF's wife is "the man" of the house. When the soldier comes, he waits till she's gone before asking him about the war. He feels his wife would stop him from doing this. PF also enjoys an adventure, because he asks the soldiers ways that he could help out. But PF does not know that this soldier is a spy from the other side, and falls straight into his trap. ...read more.

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