An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge

2227 Words Oct 12th, 2016 9 Pages
Hailey Stansbury
Professor Jodi Johnson
English 206- Section 002
October 12, 2016

Question 5: What do you think the theme of “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” is?
There may be a few themes of “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” that come to mind for other readers, but I like to think the theme is reality and illusion. Reality and illusion tend to be closely together in this story. It wasn’t until the very end of the story when I became aware that there was division between the two. Farquhar’s illusion, for us as the readers, was reality. Farquhar is about to die, so out of desperation, he creates his own fantasy world. He imagined his escape in order to try to regain control over the horrifying facts of the state he was currently in. in his mind he was able to successfully escape what his body was not physically able to escape on its own. In the second section of the story, we are told what brought Farquhar to the situation he was in. His world of reality and fantasy were reflected in the scout. Disguised in the gray attire of a soldier, he reveals one version of the truth while containing another. When I reached the third section of the story, Farquhar’s fantasy had me fully engulfed in what I thought was reality but was only his illusion. His fantasy, however, for him and I, became reality. Just as Farquhar’s belief that the scout was a soldier lead him to execution, the reality of his death is the one outcome that his belief that he was escaping could have. While…
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