- Theory of Short Fiction (Critical Survey of Short Fiction, Second Revised Edition)
- Ambrose Bierce (Critical Survey of Mystery & Detective Fiction, Revised Edition)
- Ambrose Bierce (Cyclopedia of World Authors, Fourth Revised Edition)
- Ambrose Bierce (Dictionary of World Biography: The 19th Century)
- Ambrose Bierce (Critical Survey of Short Fiction, Second Revised Edition)
At a glance:
- Author: Ambrose Bierce
- First Published: 1891
- Type of Plot: Psychological
- Time of Work: The American Civil War
- Setting: The Battle of Chickamauga
- Characters: An unnamed boy, Confederate soldiers
- Genres: Psychological fiction, Short fiction
- Subjects: Civil War, Fantasy, Soldiers, Boys, Deafness or hearing-impaired persons
- Locales: South (U.S.), United States, North America
There is actually only one character in this story—the six-year-old boy who wanders away from his home and gets lost in the forest—and even he is not individualized but rather is presented simply as “the child.” When he encounters defeated soldiers in retreat from the Civil War battle of Chickamauga, his response to them is one only of childish curiosity. Although the soldiers are grotesquely wounded, maimed, and bleeding, the boy sees them as circus animals and clowns, and instead of being horrified, as the reader is, he is delighted at having someone with...
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