Evaluation of Literary Elements: an Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.

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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge: Evaluation of Literary Elements Swinging from a noose off a railroad trellis, many thoughts race through a condemned man’s mind. In “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” Ambrose Bierce effectively uses literary elements to allow the reader to look through the keyhole of the mind of a dying man in his last moments of life. Elements such as realism, flashback, metaphor/simile, setting, point of view, and character allow the reader to become immersed in an intrigue of the main character’s psyche. The story begins with the events immediately leading to the hanging. This arrangement of time encourages the reader to formulate questions regarding the past. Effectively, the …show more content…

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