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    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

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    Ambrose Bierce’s short story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” is a story about a man’s final moments on earth before he is hanged and how he got there. There is a struggle within the character Farquhar of who he is and who he thinks he is. This causes different views throughout the story between reality and a fantasized reality. This plays a big role in the story because in part three of the story he thinks he is far superior and had outwitted his captures and escaped without a scratch after the

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    An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, written by Ambrose Bierce in 1890-1891, depicts an antiwar motif of the American Civil War. Bierce uses dramatic irony, descriptive imagery and the theme of time. The war was fought from 1861 to 1865 after seven Southern slave states declared their secession and formed the Confederate States of America, also known as the “Confederacy” or the “South.” The remaining states were known as the “Union” or the “North.” The war’s origin was the issue of slavery, especially

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    Short Story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” Section 1: Introduction Ambrose Bierce’s short story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” portrays the inevitable nature associated with death and the aspects that make our reality real when compared to imagined experiences. Ambrose Bierce using realism to illustrate the turmoil that exists within Farquhar, his ambition to be more recognized within the south, his great love for his wife and kids, and his hopes to evade death. “An Occurrence at Owl Creek

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    For my literary analysis I chose to analyze Ambrose Bierce’s short story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.” The short story was published in one of Bierce’s most famous and best works, “The Tales of Soldiers and Civilians.” It was a story based on some experiences from Bierce’s service in the Civil War. In Ambrose Bierce’s short story, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”, Bierce uses characters, the setting, and Farquhar’s hallucination to show the inhumanities of war and why it should be ended

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    Illusion versus Reality Ambrose Bierce’s short story, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” illustrates a theme of illusion versus reality distorted by the human mind. In the story, a man named Peyton Farquhar is about to be hanged on a railroad bridge towards the end of the American Civil War. Farquhar, a Confederate citizen eager to help the Confederate States of America’s cause, ventures out towards Owl Creek Bridge at the advice of a Union scout in disguise. Unbeknownst to Farquhar, Union troops

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    what he thinks and feels. Through pronouns such as “he”, “his” and “him”, the narrator is speaking in third person. Because the narrator 's knowledge is limited to one character, the story is written from a limited omniscient point of view. “An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge” is split into three sections. At the beginning of the story, the narrator states, “A man stood upon a railroad bridge in northern Alabama . . . a rope closely encircled his neck” (Bierce). Immediately, the reader knows the protagonist

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    Ambrose Bierce’s “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” does not follow the typical conventions of a plot-heavy story. The sequence of events initially appears minuscule: a supporter of the Confederacy named Peyton Farquhar is persuaded to attempt a sabotage of a Federal troop stronghold by a Northern scout in disguise, he is hanged, and in his final few moments of life hallucinates escaping his current situation and returning home. However, Bierce bolsters this lack of plot points with detailed descriptions

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    clue. (350-500 words). The success of Bierce’s shocking ending in “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” relies on the believability of the world he creates at the start of the tale. He carefully lays out all of the facts. The story prepares us to the shocking end through three ways which are contained in the three distinct sections of the tale; a factual opening scene, a flashback to give some basic history, and a fast-paced ending. The story begins with clear, easy, declarative sentences of a man

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    In this Literature course, we read “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”. In this story, we see a plantation owner, who is about to get hung because he crossed the North’s territory, experience the last thoughts and moments going through his head before his death. This story creates a blurred line between reality and illusion. I believe this story has two themes: time and reality. Time is the main reason of why this story worked out like it did. Bierce uses the readers’ sense of time by revealing

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