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

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How is the tension of what happens to Peyton in the story captured and conveyed to the reader?

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The tension of what happens to Peyton in “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” is conveyed through the words that the author uses and how Peyton’s predicament is presented immediately. In the very first line, we learn that an unnamed man is standing on a railroad bridge looking down at the water twenty feet below. This is a very visual description and causes the reader to wonder why the man is standing on that railroad bridge. Whatever the reason, it probably is not good. The second line of the short story then says:

“The man's hands were behind his back, the wrists bound with a cord. A...

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