An Analysis Of Ambrose Pierce's An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge

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In Kate Chopin’s “The Story of An Hour,” we are quick to be shown Louise’s real feelings about her husband’s death. There is more to this story than simply horror. Kate makes a strong, but subtle, hint at the fact that she is trying to escape a marriage that was dull and made her feel trapped. In her life she always wanted that sense of freedom and having it really opened her eyes. In Ambrose Pierce’s “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” from the beginning we get the view that Peyton Farquhar is a die heart soldier for the south that will do anything to keep them safe. He quickly is put into a situation no one would want to be in, getting hanged. All the possibilities of escape are going through his head. Ambrose shows us the life threatening …show more content…
He got intel from another soldier that the north was trying to rebuild the Owl Creek Bridge and if any soldiers from the south were caught there would be hanged. So Farquhar being such a good soldier had an idea of trying to sneak over to the Owl Creek Bridge, alone, and set the bridge on fire. Exploring the bridge he falls through the bridge and is knocked unconscious. He awakened after what felt like ages later by a sharp pain in his throat. He has gotten captured by the Yanks. He swung like that of a pendulum. Then out of nowhere he is bombarded by a huge splash and a rush of water around his body. At this moment he knows the rope snapped. He is now put into an escape situation. All he can think to himself is “No; I will not be shot; that is not fair.” He will drown or be hanged but doesn’t want to be shot. As his body rises up to the surface of the water he is encountered by all the Yankees, with their rifles drawn. With all his strength he manages to get his hands loose and immediately takes the noose off. Quickly he dives deep down into the water before they all let their first shots off. He can hear the captain say fire and a scatter of bullets hit the water, which seemingly misses Farquhar. He pops up again after what felt like an eternity to see that they are almost done reloading their guns. He now realizes that he is farther …show more content…
In “The Story of An Hour” Louise finally has that feeling of escape and is overwhelmed by the happiness. But all of a sudden that is ripped away from her and she finds out her husband isn’t really dead. She suddenly dies and that feeling isn’t there anymore. Just like in “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” Peyton Farquhar is taken through these stages of escaping. He is successful in the end and finally has found his family. The only bad part is it was all just in his head. In a quick second he got snapped back into reality and got hung. In both those stories they seem to accomplish escaping only to be approached by the reality of the world. They both suddenly are

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