The Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge By Ambrose Bierce

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The Blurred line between Reality and Illusion In the story “The Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce Peyton Farquhar a southern planter is being hung on a railing above the Owl Creek Bridge for interfering with the railroad posted by confederate soldiers. Within minutes before his execution Farquhar begins to have vivid hallucinations about breaking free and escaping. In his story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” Ambrose Bierce’s theme describes the perception of illusion vs. reality and shows how one’s illusions often cloud one’s reality without realizing it until the time has come and it is too late. This is supported throughout the story with the use of the elements characterization, point of view, conflict, and setting. Ambrose Bierce had many adventures throughout his life. " Ambrose Bierce was born 24 June 1842 on a farm in Meigs County, Ohio, near the border of what was to become West Virginia” (Mundt 1). " In April of 1861, at age 19 Ambrose Bierce enlisted in the North Indiana Infantry as a private" (Owens 1). He was young when he enlisted in the Civil War and within just a few short years of being enlisted, "Bierce witnessed a double hanging near Murfreesboro, Tennessee” (Owens 2). He uses his experiences from what he has witnessed during the war in his short stories to give the reader a vivid idea of what was going on; this is true by the setting in his story which took place in the same location where he witnessed the double hanging.
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