An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce

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Briefly describe the setting of "An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge."

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Setting, according to Literature:  An Introduction to Reading and Writing, is:

...the natural, manufactured, political, cultural, and temporal [time] environment, including everything that characters know and own.

So if you've read "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" all you have to do is apply the above to the story.  I can't write your paragraphs for you, but I'll mention some details to get you started.

Natural environment:  northern Alabama, a bridge at Owl Creek, near a local farmer's home.

Political/cultural:  North vs. the South, at war during the Civil War. 

Temporal:  during...

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In Bierce's "An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge", the story takes place in northern Alabama during the Civil War. Union forces are in control and martial law prevails. There are no civil rights, no safeguards for enemies of the Union, and no trials beyond those of a military court. From Section II, it is  inferred that Farquhar, almost literally the only character, was lured or even entrapped into an attempt to blow up Owl Creek Bridge. It is also assumede that he had tried to overcome the guard and then had been arrested, summarily tried, and condemned to death by hanging from the bridge which he had tried to destroy.

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