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Explain Bierce's views of the war in "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge."  How does he feel about it?

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Ambrose Bierce's views of the war as reflected in “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” appear to be that war should not be romanticized. He seems to understand the futility of war and the insanity of people killing one another. Nevertheless, he also seems to understand the importance of fighting for a just cause, even while he recognizes that the other side feels equally impassioned about their views and retains their humanity even though the opposing side views them as the enemy. This is evident in the description of Peyton Farquhar, who spends his last dying moments thinking about his family, hoping his wife and children know how much he loves them and wishing he could bid them a tearful and loving goodbye. It would also seem that this shows Bierce’s views about the futility of war.

In fact, Bierce himself was a soldier during the Civil War. The violence that he witnessed and experienced first-hand made him think twice about the nobility of war. According to the New York Times,...

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