An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge Essays

884 Words Nov 12th, 2015 4 Pages
The rules of fair play do not apply in love and war," quoted by John Lyly in his novel Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit, published in 1579. This quote is also associated with “all is fair in love and war,” and can be thought upon many ways. “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” and “A Horseman in the Sky” by Ambrose Bierce are two stories that share is main idea. Ambrose Bierce has a writing style that is clear in both these stories. The similarities, differences, and the stronger story between “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” and “A Horseman in the Sky” are ones to be known for. There are many similarities between these two stories. Both of the stories have a death that occurs abruptly. In “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”, part three of the story is the longest. It describes a detailed explanation on how Farquhar escapes his hanging. It tells how he dodges bullets, escapes his death, and makes his way home to his family. All this explanation makes one think he makes it alive but suddenly, “Peyton Farquhar was dead; his body, with a broken neck, swung gently from side to side beneath the timbers of the Owl Creek bridge,” (464, Bierce). He’s dead, just like that. There is no warning or foreshadowing that Farquhar is actually dead. In “A Horseman in the Sky,” the father’s death ends abruptly, too. Part three tells how a soldier at the bottom of the cliff see a falling body, but at this point the reader does not know it is Carter’s father. In part four is when one figures that…

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