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What is the main character of "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," Peyton Farquhar's,...

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kate1993 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted May 24, 2011 at 12:29 AM via web

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What is the main character of "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," Peyton Farquhar's, occupation?

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

Posted May 24, 2011 at 1:12 AM (Answer #1)

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When he wasn't spying for the Confederate cause, Peyton Farquar was an Alabama plantation owner. A man who appeared to be in his mid-30s, Farquar was dressed in clothing that would signify he was a "planter" and a gentleman. He had gray eyes and "long, dark hair," with a mustache and "pointed beard, but no whiskers." He had a wife and several small children back home, and they were in his thoughts as he stood awaiting his punishment. In Part II, we are told that he came from an old and "respected" family. He was a slave owner and politician (probably on the local level) who hoped to eventually become an officer and lead troops in battle. He longed for

... the larger life of the soldier, the opportunity for distinction. That opportunity, he felt, would come, as it comes to all in wartime. Meanwhile he did what he could. No service was too humble for him to perform in the aid of the South, no adventure to perilous for him to undertake...

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kate1993 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted May 25, 2011 at 1:11 AM (Answer #2)

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That isn't exactly the answer I was looking for, but thanks anyway.

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