Ambrose Bierce's An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge

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Ambrose Bierce
Author, Ambrose Bierce, who is considered one of the Great American authors, wrote during the realism period. Particularly, in his work titled An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, written in 1890, we can see evidence of the characteristics, themes and style identified with the realism movement which was extant in American letters between 1850 and 1900. As a representative of such a movement, Ambrose Bierce, then remains on the most identifiable and iconic writers of his time.
Ambrose Bierce was born on June 24, 1842 in Meigs County, Ohio. He later disappeared in Chihuahua, Mexico while traveling to gain first hand experience. It is believed that he died there at around the year 1914. He grew up poor, but his parents, who were also writers, inspired him to create a passion for reading and writing. Later on in his life, Bierce enlisted in the Union Army during the American Civil war. One battle that really inspired Bierce to write short stories was the Battle of Shiloh; from there, he wrote the memoir “What I Saw of Shiloh”. On …show more content…

For example, in this story, a “man was engaged to be hanged”, so he “closed his eyes to fix his thoughts upon his wife and children”. The reality is he thinking of his family right before death. The man had good intentions and good features; he had a “straight nose, firm mouth, broad forehead, and combed dark hair; the liberal military code made provision for hanging many kinds of persons, and gentlemen were not included”. This proves that realistically, no matter how kind a person is or seems to be, they are not exempt from trouble. He soon “unclosed his eyes and thought ‘if I could free my hands…I might throw off the noose and spring into the stream”. He ponders if he could free himself before being killed. You can imagine the reality of what the man thinks before being hanged. The main focus is on the man and his

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