How a Story Unfolds Essay

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Graded Assignment Unit Test, Part 2: How a Story Unfolds Answer the questions below using complete sentences. Be sure to support your answers with specific examples from the stories. (20 points) Both “Silky” Bob in “After Twenty Years” and Peyton Farquhar in “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” face threatening situations. Compare and contrast the way each author depicts these situations by discussing the characters’ behavior and feelings about their respective predicaments. Answer: When “Silky” Bob in “After Twenty Years” read the note, he realized that the police officer he'd talked to before, was actually Jimmy, the friend he'd made 20 years ago. He was shook up by the fact that his friend, the police officer, was arresting him. Yet, Bob didn't run. He stood there, in shock. When Peyton Farquhar in “An Occurrence at Owl Bridge” was about to be hung, he found himself thinking about his family, and what would happen to them. He started to think up ideas of escaping. He was, really, in a state of panic. In the story, it says that “he knew that the rope had broken and he had fallen into the stream.” It was all part of his imagination. Not only was he in panic, he was also in a delusional state. And, in the end, we know that he had actually died there, where he was hung. The difference between these two men was that one had died, being hung, and the other was arrested, for being a criminal. The similarity between them is that they both faced life threatening situations. They both knew what fate was coming, right before it did. “Silky” Bob knew he was going to be arrested, once he read the letter. Peyton knew he was going to die, right when they cut the rope. They, also, didn't really do anything to prevent the fate. “Silky” Bob faced his consequences, and Peyton died being hung, even if he'd imagined he'd escaped. Both were

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