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Owl Creek Bridge Ending

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During the Civil War, realists, such as Ambrose Bierce, depict authentic scenes of the time period. In his, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”, Bierce constructs a realistic scene of a man named Peyton Farquhar, a Southern planter, who is about to be hanged, as well as his escape. Readers closely follow the details of Farquhar’s escape only to realize at the the end that Peyton Farquhar is, in fact, dead. After close inspection, readers discover that Bierce foreshadows the ending through his usage of similes and imagery throughout the story. For instance, a simile is used in the third section to describe Farquhar’s pain. The pain “seemed like streams of pulsating fire heating him to an intolerable temperature” (Bierce 470). This pain is
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