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    You know a man to be rather interesting when the first thing someone tells you about them is their incredibly peculiar disappearance. Ambrose Bierce disappeared somewhere into Mexico after December 26, 1913, the date found on what is presumed to be his last letter. Carlos Fuentes, famous contemporary writer of Mexico, swears that you can still hear stories of some old foreigner wandering the Mexican landscape. This, paired with Bierce’s own impressive works and history, inspired writers such as Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortazar, and of course, Fuentes himself. This is what I believe to lie at the core of Chickamauga; that which we pass on to the next generation. Chickamauga is a piece of anti-war fiction that details a young boy’s fateful adventure into the woods. Bierce begins describing the child in the second paragraph on page 343, but we are never actually given a name. However, the line that interests me most is slightly below that in which Bierce speaks of the boy’s father: “In the peaceful life of a planter the warrior-fire remained; once kindled, it is never extinguished.” Now, he is speaking of the father, but it is from his books and pictures the boy learns to craft a simple, wooden sword. Weapon in hand, the child embarks on his soon-to-be morbid adventure, vanquishing foes only…

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    The reality of war and the fantasy of war are two very different things. Adults often glorify war and see it as an emasculator, even as a necessary part of progress, but the cruel reality of war only brings death and ruin. The narrator is not named in the story but is a boy who is merely six years of age. This young boy becomes an unfortunate victim to the disaster that is war. In Ambrose Bierce’s short story, Chickamauga, the young boy’s childlike innocence in the beginning is proof that war…

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    Bitter Bierce Ambrose Bierce was born on June 24, 1842, on a settlement of horse cave creek, Ohio. He was the tenth out of thirteen siblings. In the following paragraphs it will explain why Ambrose Bierce became a bitter man, and was call bitter Bierce and how it all went into his writings. The first paragraph will explain how his life made him bitter and the second paragraph will talk about how his work being showing bitterness. Bierce left home when he was 15 to be a printers apprentice at…

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    I chose to write about “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”. This story caught my attention because it shows how fast a lifetime can go through the mind. Thoughts are like the speed of light. In reality, things only last for a few short seconds, but lasts for days in the mind of Peyton Farquhar. It is interesting to me how time is so much shorter in real life than it is in the mind. “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” is a very suspenseful short story written by Ambrose Bierce that takes…

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    Plot Manipulation in Ambrose Bierce’s “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” In Bierce’s short story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” the author deftly manipulates the plot in order to suspend the reader’s disbelief and to keep the reader engaged in the story. The reader, along with what might be described as the soul of Peyton Farquhar (a man hanged by soldiers), is led to believe that Farquhar survives the plunge off of Owl Creek Bridge and the subsequent tightening of the noose. However,…

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    Although war is often idealized as an opportunity for wealth and glory, such aggressive patriotism only results in death in the end. In “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce, Bierce communicates the idea that war brings only death and anguish by utilizing literary devices in order to convey this theme. Bierce particularly uses irony and similes in order to convey the message that war does not yield glory. Instead, he employs these literary devices in order to reveal that war is…

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    powerful), “how could people choose evil?” Neo-Platonism, as stated before, was the turning point for him. Augustine then had a better understanding of his faith, but the wires weren’t fully connected. Not until he comes across a nameless book, which is apparently synonymous with the Book of Genesis from the Torah and contrary to Manichaeism. This book is the ultimate connector between Neo-Platonism and his Catholic faith, and he finally sees the light. Another important milestone that played…

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    He calls himself and unbaptized Christian, and awaits for the final sign from God to get baptized. In Milan, Augustine discovers Ambrose, and bishop in Milan. Ambrose’s sermons intrigued Augustine. Ambrose, who would later baptize Augustine, was a busy man, and because of that, Augustine could not find a time to sit down with him alone. One thing that Augustine notes that he finds interesting, is the fact that the church offers little proof of its beliefs. He likes this because the idea of…

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    In Ambrose Bierce’s short story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” a man named Peyton Farquahar finds himself on the end of a rope, waiting to be hung. Bierce provides vivid details and imagery to give a realistic view into Peyton’s world, despite it being merely the hallucination of a dying man. The story begins with a descriptive illustration of the Federation army soldiers surrounding Peyton, the river below, and the rope and post (Bierce 318). Painting these vivid surroundings, the author…

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    Throughout The Confessions, Saint Augustine of Hippo plays a big role in influencing Christianity. Augustine took ideas from pre-Christian thinkers, and was very influential in getting those ideas about Christianity out to the world. Augustine was very effective in getting his ideas about Christianity out; he was effective at getting his points across, especially when he compared his ideas to Ovid, the idea of internal verses external, and the concept of fate. In The Confessions, Augustine and…

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