Wednesday, February 1, 2012

What was what in that Owl Creek video?

As per my Spring-ly custom, English II students (and some American Literature students) fell victim were treated to a reading and a viewing of Ambrose Bierce's famous short story An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, a story about the musings of a man about to be hanged. One of the most famous things about this story is the way that Ambrose Bierce subtly switches between literary points of view in his treatment, tricking the readers into thinking fantasy is reality.

The assignment, if you remember, was to watch the video (embedded below, in case you need it again) and determine where (if anywhere) the following POVs were show:

  • First person
  • Third person (Limited)
  • Third person (Omniscient)
  • Objective (or Dramatic, as Mr. Kabel calls it)
This was supposed to be 3¶s, one for each that I saw in the film. (You might find a fourth one, but I didn't, so if you did and you can justify it, I might throw you some extra points.)

By the way, I'm not sure if anyone ever clicks through to see what the rest of the blogpost says, but if you did and you come up to me before next class and say the words POTATO PANCAKE, you'll get first choice in the video project that we're starting in the next class period!

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