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Ambrose Bierce

What are some character traits of Peyton Farquhar in An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge?

Peyton Farquhar is the protagonist in Ambrose Bierce's short story entitled "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." He is described as a wealthy plantation owner from a highly respected Alabama...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2018 2:39 am UTC

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Ambrose Bierce

After reading "A Horseman in the Sky," write about what could happen to Druse next. How will Druse be judged by the...

In accordance with eNotes Homework Help policy, each post can contain only one question. This answer addresses the first of the multiple questions posed. Carter Druse is a Union soldier who lives...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2019 8:06 pm UTC

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Ambrose Bierce

What are the different parts of the plot in Ambrose Bierce's story "The Mocking-Bird"?

This is an interesting story in terms of its structure and emphasis. Like much of Bierce's work, it seeks to expose the true tragedy of civil war, which in this case is portrayed through the story...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2018 1:28 pm UTC

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How do I formulate an argumentative thesis about a particular aspect of Ambrose Bierce’s Civil War Stories?

You have asked for help to begin an analysis of a Civil War short story by Ambrose Bierce. One of his more familiar stories is "Chickamauga," as referenced in your question, and there are several...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2018 9:15 pm UTC

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Look at page 11, at the middle of that long paragraph in “What I Saw at Shiloh” where Bierce starts to describe being...

"What I Saw of Shiloh" is Bierce's account of the bloodiest day of the Civil War for the Federal forces up to 1862, and although Bierce was an officer in the topographical corps (map-makers), he...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2018 3:25 pm UTC

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Look at page 11, at the middle of that long paragraph in “What I Saw at Shiloh” where Bierce starts to describe being...

Bierce shares with Stephen Crane the soldier’s appreciation for an essential truth of battle—that things rarely are what they seem. In the first example, the woods that the narrator's platoon...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2018 12:31 pm UTC

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Ambrose Bierce

Do you think Mr. Foley should have revealed truth to Mr. Convey?

Under the circumstances, I think he had no choice. Mr. Foley had befriended Mr. Conway after receiving a letter of introduction from Mr. Barting and had no reason to be less than truthful towards...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2019 8:06 am UTC

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chikamauga I would like to know the summary of the short story of "Chickamauga" by Ambrose Bierce.

This story is set (presumably, given the title) at the Battle of Chickamauga in the US Civil War. The main character is a young boy out playing in the woods. He was playing soldier. He eventually...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2011 7:54 am UTC

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What is the story Killed at Resaca saying about heroism? The narrator expresses some ambivalence towards Lt. Brayle...

Ambrose Bierce's short story "Killed at Resaca" is a commentary on the meaninglessness of heroism. The story follows the battle practices and foolish death of Herman Brayle, a Lieutenant in the...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2016 9:01 pm UTC

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Compare and contrast the effects of war in Bierce's "An Occurrence at Owl Creek" and Chickamauga. 

While the representation of war in "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" is quite genteel and orderly, the representation of war in Chickamauga is gory, horrifying, and chaotic. Both take the...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2019 12:54 am UTC

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