An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge Essay

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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge was a short story Ambrose Bierce published in 1891, set in the Civil War. Bierce never specifically states the date of the famed occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, it has been concluded that it was set in the summer of 1892 because an earlier version of the story included the phrase “summer of 1862” and the Civil War lasted from 1861-1865. This story has been debated for the past 125 years over the theme of dream vs. reality, the symbols that are elaborately described and the sense of irony that was evident throughout the whole short story.
Ambrose Bierce’s nickname was bitter Bierce; which kind of fit him considering he was described as cynical, fighting witt and made a lot of satirical comments. Bierce had a sardonic view of human nature meaning he was always mocking those around him. But, some say that his cynical attitude was justified due to the fact that two out of his three children passed away, during his lifetime. One of his children committed suicide because they were caught in a love triangle and the other one died from alcohol induced pneumonia. What was evident throughout the whole short story was the blurred line between reality and illusion. Farquhar creates his fantasy world out of desperation in fear of death. He is about to die so he is creating his own fantasy, one where he is creating his own escape. Harriet Kramer Linken, is the author of The Journal of Literary Technique “Given Bierce 's authorial silence, we interpret…

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