Essay on An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge By Ambrose Bierce

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This is a section taken form the short story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” written by Ambrose Bierce in 1890. How the sense of time moves and is perceived throughout Bierce’s story plays in an important role in creating a suspenseful feeling that continues to captivate the reader. He also uses the element of time in order to get his reader more invested; by how he uses utilizes character building through the use of flashbacks back to the past, His drawn out detailed descriptions of the setting and lastly, through the use of the man’s own thoughts and descriptions of his five senses allows us to be engulfed in the story of this man and his death defying escape from his own execution.

The story opens in Alabama during the civil war, with a handful of union soldiers at their different posts on a railroad bridge. They are readying for an unknown man’s execution. The unknown man is dressed in the clothes of a plantation owner. The man looks at the water below and begins to imagine what he could do to get himself out of this situation and back to his wife and children. The captain gives a nod and the hanging begins to proceed. The narrator than introduces a man named Peyton Farquhar who is a wealthy slave owner from Alabama. Farquhar is a firm supporter of the confederate cause. Union spy dressed as a confederate informs him that union troops are repairing the railways in the nearby areas. He mentions a specific bridge nearby stretched over owl creek. He states that there…

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