An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge Essay

1094 Words Oct 21st, 2014 5 Pages
Karla Zaragoza
Professor Wilson
Composition II
October 20, 2014 Ambrose Bierce’s “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” speaks about a confederate soldier whom has made the decision of sabotaging the Union party. This story manipulates the reader to believe something that has not happened. Throughout the story the reader gets hints about what has actually occur, but it is not until the end that readers realize what has actually occurred to Peyton Farquhar. In “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” the protagonist of the story (Peyton Farquhar) has made the decision that he would burn down the bridge used by the Union troops. It seems as though he has taken on a task greater than what he could actually do. It is something that would have been difficult to pull off. Farquhar gets caught and he is to be executed. In this story “somehow the reader is made to participate in the split between imagination and reason to feel that the escape is real while he knows it is not” (Stoicheff). The story manipulates the reader “to things that could actually not occur” (Carroll). Although the reader is given multiple clues during the story such as “What he heard was the ticking of his watched” (5) and “As Peyton Farquhar fell straight downward through the bridge he lost consciousness and was as one already dead” (16). Although this clues are place throughout the whole story we somehow fail to notice them. We get manipulated by the writer that we make assumptions instead of noticing what has…

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