An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce

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In three to five sentences, explain how Ambrose Bierce's use of foreshadowing or flashback influence "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge."  

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This is perhaps Bierce's most well known Civil War story, in part because because of a "Twilight Zone" production of it in the late 1950s or early 1960s, and it has remained popular for its surprising ending.

As your question indicates, Bierce uses several instances of foreshadowing but so skilfully directs the reader's expectations throughout the story that we can only understand the elements of foreshadowing in hindsight.

For example, when we are introduced to Peyton Farquhar, he is in the last few minutes of his life as he waits for the support to be kicked out from under his feet so that the hanging can take place.  The first element of foreshadowing occurs here when Farquhar imagines freeing himself from he rope, falling into the river, and making his way home.  The reader, of course, puts this down to wishful thinking.

As Bierce jumps to the recent past in which Farquhar, at his home, has a conversation about the bridge and the Federal troops with a Conferderate soldier (who turns...

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