Owl Creek Bridge Suspense

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Everyone will be affected by death at one point in their life. For some, it is earlier than others. In fact, death can arrive without notice, while someone is escaping reality. This is the case for Peyton Farquhar, who is being slowly hanged at Owl Creek Bridge in northern Alabama by soldiers of the Civil War, although no one knows exactly why. The suspense continues to build throughout most of the story, which eventually leads to death. Eventually, Farquhar makes a great escape from the major conflict, which ends abruptly while he does realize that he is imagining and escaping reality. In the story, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” Ambrose Bierce uses sensory details and similes to build a mood and suspense throughout the story.
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While this is a good point, it fails to account for the growing suspense, which is what helps the readers to determine the mood. Also, to create the suspense, the author, during many scenes, uses sensory details and similes to build a mood and suspense throughout the story. Instead of Bierce having more dialogue, to show the characters thoughts and feelings, he used similes and sensory details in many scenes to build a mood with the growing suspense. Dialogue does not create the mood or build suspense because the only dialogue is when Farquhar and the lady are talking and interrogating each other. In fact, it almost seems to be sort of a happiness as they talk which surely does not build suspense. Their communication does not even contribute to the mood of the story, as it just shows the characters thoughts and feelings. Ambrose Bierce's short story, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” is very compelling and suspenseful, while the author builds a mood by using similes and sensory details. In the world, imagination and the focus of other things may mislead one's knowledge of death's appearance. By the same token, it lets one see the freedom and pride they once had. This makes the reader question: Is it worth it to imagine different outcomes of situations? Is imagination dangerous? Does imagination distract one from the situation they are in? Readers will continue to wonder if imagination is dangerously

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