An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge Questions and Answers
by Ambrose Bierce

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How do "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" and The Things They Carried relate to each other? Please use examples from the texts.

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Both "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" and The Things They Carried are stories of the tragedy of unnecessary deaths during wartime. While they reflect different time periods and different wars, they relate to each other by conveying the emotions, thoughts, fears, desires and coping mechanisms of men potentially facing their premature deaths. They also relate to one another because they reveal what these men hold dear.

In An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce, a southern plantation owner named Peyton Farquhar is being executed by a unit of the Federal army. His crime is that he is evidently a southern gentleman.

The man who was engaged in being hanged was apparently about thirty-five years of age. He was a civilian, if one might judge from his habit, which was that of a planter. His features were good—a straight nose, firm mouth, broad forehead, from which his long, dark hair was combed straight back, falling behind his ears to the collar of his well fitting frock coat. He wore...

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