An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge By Ambrose Bierce

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1. “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce

Theme: Time can be the perception of each person at each different event in their life
In this story one of the key factors is time and how Farquhar sees it.While mere seconds for the soldiers can be hours for the man about to be hanged, time is perceived to be different for each individual, “Its recurrence was regular, but as slow as the tolling of a death knell.” The idea that time can feel slower at one point and faster at another throws the reader into an experience that they feel lasts quite a while contrary to what the author wrote which was actually a matter of seconds.
2. “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce

Exposition: “The man who was engaged in being hanged was apparently about thirty-five years of age.”
The beginning of this story presents the setting and the event currently taking place, which is a hanging.“A civilian...a planter,” is eventually introduced to be the man about to be punished and the reader now understands that war is a part of this story, “two private soldiers of the Federal army, directed by a sergeant who in civil life may have been a deputy sheriff.” The reader is immediately intrigued by what could possibly be happening and interested in how the hanging will play out thanks to the scene set be the exposition.(93 words)
3. “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce

Conflict: “ A rope closely encircled his neck.”
Several conflicts existed throughout this…
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