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In "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge", what does the captain's nod mean?

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jermey | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 25, 2008 at 9:49 AM via web

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In "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge", what does the captain's nod mean?

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amethystrose | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted February 25, 2008 at 10:11 AM (Answer #1)

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The captain's nod is the signal to drop Peyton Farquhar from the bridge.  The story takes place during the civil war, and Farquhar is being hanged by the Union army for attempting to blow up a bridge that would have cut the Northerner's off from obtaining supplies.

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jermey | Student , Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 25, 2008 at 10:51 AM (Answer #2)

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whose struggles and feelings does the narrator relate?

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