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What are examples of foreshadowing in "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge"?

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Posted June 13, 2010 at 12:01 AM via web

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What are examples of foreshadowing in "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge"?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 13, 2010 at 2:53 AM (Answer #1)

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There are several examples of foreshadowing in the Ambrose Bierce short story, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge. Most of these occur in Part III of the story. Peyton Farquar feels a "sense of suffocation" after he falls into the water. After the noose supposedly breaks, "He swung through unthinkable arcs of oscillation," which foreshadows his body swinging from the railroad gallows. While in the water, "All was dark and cold"; it actually suggests his death by hanging. Other examples include:

  • "A rising sheet of water... stangled him."
  • He "whirled round and round."
  • "A strange roseate light shone through the spaces among their trunks and the wind made in their branches the music of Aeolian harps."
  • "How softly the turf had carpeted the untraveled avenue--he could no longer feel the roadway beneath his feet!"
  • "A blinding white light blazes all about him with a sound like the shock of a cannon--then all is darkness and silence!"

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