An Occurrence On Owl Creek Bridge By Edgar Allan Poe Essay

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A narrator is a common phrase when dealing with literature. The narrator is responsible for giving the reader the vital information needed for understanding the story. It has long been a common idea that everything told by the narrator is true. However, what if the narrator is not as reliable as we think? What if the narrator lies and gives us information that is not actually true? How are we supposed to know what’s going on in the story and with the characters? Authors like Charlotte Gilman, Sylvia Plath, and Edgar Allan Poe have changed the way we view the narrator in some of their pieces. Works like An Occurrence on Owl Creek Bridge, Daddy, and Yellow Wallpaper make us question if we should blindly believe every piece of information given by the narrator, or if we should test the reliability of the narrator before believing certain details about the story.
My first example, An Occurrence on Owl Creek Bridge, by Edgar Allan Poe gives extreme, and almost impossible, details. A man is being executed by being hung from a bridge, however the man escapes and manages to make it back to his wife, but not before sharing details such as how the colors in a bead of water on a blade of grass on the bank of the river look like from the middle of the river. These impossibly detailed images give the reader a sense of unease, while also foreshadowing the wild plot twist to come by giving scenarios that are almost to good to be true. However, the scene keeps the story somewhat believable…

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