An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge

1065 Words Dec 5th, 2015 5 Pages
Brianna Toddy
Mrs. Neil
DC Language Arts 3 Period 2
18 November 2015
6. Is “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” commercial fiction whose sole purpose is to entertain, or is it a serious piece of art, yielding real insights into important aspects of life? Make a careful examination of plot as you pose your response.
An Art Piece Called Life
What would happen if you suddenly ran out of time: no longer able to tell someone you love them, unable to feel a lover’s embrace, or to feel the touch of a child’s hand—your child’s hand—against your cheek as they play? For Peyton Farquhar in “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce, time was the enemy and as he fights against the plot to find his family, it’s easy to infer that he drives only for the importance of life and, in correlation, the importance of family. As he goes through the agony of standing on the bridge, ready to be hung for his crimes, he begins to remember his family. He begins to hallucinate that he is heading home to them, beginning to feel the importance of life, the need to stay alive for his family if not for anything else. The plot drives along the aspect of the importance of life in “Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” showing that this is a serious piece of art through countless mentions of his family and his need to be with them despite the circumstances.
As the story begins, a lone man “apparently about thirty-five years of age…[with]…a straight nose, firm mouth, broad forehead, from which his long,…
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