An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge Essay

1134 Words Mar 7th, 2016 null Page
One often wonders what one is going to imagine when on the brink of death, will his or her life flash before their eyes or will one just pass without any recollection. In Ambrose Bierce’s short story, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” and the French film adaptation of the same name by Robert Enrico the main character faces a situation when on the brink of death and imagines his family. Although the movie omits some details stated in the short story, it still does an excellent job at building suspense like its written counterpart. In other words, regardless of the means of experiencing Bierce’s story, the reader or watcher can definitely get a sense of the suspense and can truly appreciate the story. Bierce’s written story and the French film of the same name build suspense through the use of flashbacks, the setting, and the use of Peyton Farquhar’s senses. Ambrose Bierce’s story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” and the French film of the same name both build suspense through the use of flashbacks. The French film demonstrates this by showing Farquhar’s flashbacks of his wife and children, causing the watcher to have more questions regarding the identity of the people shown, the significance of them, and if Farquhar will see them again. The unknown intrigues people and when characters are shown but given no exposition or explanation, people become increasingly curious and the story becomes more suspenseful. On the other hand, the written version of Bierce’s story does…

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