What Is The Theme Of An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge

Superior Essays
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
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The way she makes this happen on the story was by keeping Homer close to her. The people from her town did not see her as a murderer they saw her as a lonely woman. Emily struggles with being alone. Although she is very respected by the people in her town, she still wants someone to love her and she wants to marry. The way she decides to keep Homer with her is unusual, but we do not see Emily as a bad person, we see Emily as a person that needs to be loved. Since she knew that Homer did not want to marry her, she kept him with her until she died. Farquhar wants to escape reality. In his mind he survived the fall and believes that he will soon be re-united with his family. Soon enough he realizes that he has not survived. Both stories “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Bierce, Ambrose and “A Rose for Emily” written by Faulkner, William. Both of them are trying to escape death. Emily tries to deny that her father has passed away, she’s in denial as well as Farquhar. Farquhar tries to escape his death by imagining that he has survived the fall and that he soon will be re-united with his loved ones. The only thing that both characters want is to be with their loved …show more content…
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