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Ambrose Bierce

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

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

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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Ambrose Bierce

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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Ambrose Bierce

While Ambrose Bierce often depicts characters who believe in the gallantry of war, he himself does not shy away from highlighting its horrors. For instance, consider his short story “An Occurrence...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2021, 6:51 pm (UTC)

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Ambrose Bierce

Ambrose Bierce's “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” and “Chicakmauga” are both haunting stories that combine realism with touches of the supernatural, or at least the mysterious, to convey the...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2021, 12:31 am (UTC)

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Ambrose Bierce

"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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Ambrose Bierce

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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Ambrose Bierce

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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Ambrose Bierce

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

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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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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