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    “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” written by Ambrose Bierce. This short story is set in the year between 1861 and 1865. This story takes place during the American Civil War and is set in Alabama. This story is about a man named Peyton Farquhar he also has a family. The story starts out with Farquhar about to be hanged by confederate soldiers at Owl Creek Bridge. In the story right before Farquhar is being hanged, the unexpected happens, and the rope breaks allowing him to escape from the soldiers. He tries to escape and run home to his family but then the story take an unpredictable twist. “The story by Bierce that most frequently appears in anthologies, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” is a perfect example of the “snap ending,” which…

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    A Possible Escape Artist: “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce In the short story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce, the author utilizes “tricks” to the reader’s mind in order to maintain foreshadowing and portray what the average human mind endures before he or she dies. The reader is given clues throughout the story that point to the imagination of what Mr. Farquhar wants to happen before he is dropped to his death. First of all, what is up with the…

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    The story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce focuses on the theme about the perception of time. The story is about a man, Peyton Farquhar, who is a young plantation owner that is found guilty for trying to burn down the Owl Creek bridge during the Civil War. They are hanging him for his act of rebellion he had planned while trying to help the Confederacy to defeat the Union. As the man realizes how little time he has left, time emerges as a predominate theme in the story.…

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    The short story an Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge takes place during the civil war in the United States. “A man stood upon a railroad bridge in northern Alabama… The man’s hand were behind his back, the wrists bound with cord.” (Bierce) The narrator is in a very precarious situation. He is being taken to his own execution. As he walks closer to the hangman’s noose he begins to contemplate how he can escape. He notices the guards and the forest that the railroad track leads to. The rope is tied…

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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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    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…

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    Peyton Farquhar is paying the price for his loyalty to the South during the Civil War at the beginning of “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.” Peyton Farquhar listens to a fake Confederate sol-dier/Union spy who gives him the idea to burn the bridge which ultimately leads to his death. Am-brose Bierce does an excellent job at the describing the scene in which Peyton is being hanged. The solider told Peyton that if any civilian went to the bridge that they would be hanged. Peyton disre-gards the…

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    justice to the original story it is based on. For example, Ambrose Bierce penned the short story titled “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” which follows the hanging of Peyton Farquhar, a Southern plantation owner who faces execution during the American Civil War for attempted sabotage of the Union Army. Miraculously, the rope snaps as he is hung and Peyton manages to escape, but it turns out that Peyton’s escape never occurred as he hangs dead at Owl Creek Bridge. Often considered an American…

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    The short story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” is taken place in Northern Alabama during the Civil War, and the protagonist whose name is Peyton Farquhar attempts to be a hero for the Confederacy and burn the Union’s stronghold at Owl Creek Bridge. Unfortunately, he fails and is charged with treason for the reason that a Union Scout disguised as a soldier lures him into committing the act. As Farquhar is awaiting and engaging in his death, the readers figure out one of the themes; an…

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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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