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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

In Section II of "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," the scout who is posing as a Confederate soldier tells Peyton Farquhar: "The commandant has issued an order, which is posted everywhere,...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2016 7:57 am UTC

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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

Another example of foreshadowing in "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" is to be found in what is going through Peyton Farquhar's mind as he is standing on the bridge with a noose around his neck...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2015 12:11 am UTC

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The main irony in this story is situational irony. Situational irony occurs when some kind of difference is exposed between what is expected to happen and what really happens. In other words, what...

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Ambrose Bierce’s short story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” ends with the revelation that Peyton Fahrquhar is dead, victim of the hanging to which he had been condemned by the Union forces...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2021 5:05 pm UTC

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This is a very interesting question. No doubt Ambrose Bierce himself considered writing the tale in chronological order but decided against it. For one thing, he would have had to sacrifice the...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2012 3:36 pm UTC

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Ambrose Bierce's story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" features a fascinating narrative structure. The story's first section presents a man about to be hung. This man is already standing on a...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2021 3:43 pm UTC

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The story is set during the American Civil War, so one external conflict that is present is the conflict that is raging between the Union and the Confederacy. The war was over many things, but the...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2016 1:08 pm UTC

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In Part 1 of the story, a third-person limited omniscient point of view is employed. This means that the narrator can only report the thoughts and feelings of one character, and that character is...

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Ambrose Bierce's views of the war as reflected in “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” appear to be that war should not be romanticized. He seems to understand the futility of war and the insanity...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2020 4:03 am UTC

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The first and most obvious example of naturalism in "The Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" is the narrator's commitment to detachment. Without question, the death experienced by the primary character...

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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

The setting that readers are first introduced to is a railroad bridge over a river or stream in northern Alabama. The events of the story are taking place during the American Civil War, which took...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2018 4:34 pm UTC

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In section two of "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," the literary device Ambrose Bierce uses is flashback. Section one of the story describes a scene in which a man is about to be hanged from a...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2016 3:56 pm UTC

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Literary realism describes reality through details that include mundane items and everyday experiences as they occur in the real world. The genre seeks to stay as close to the truth or accurate...

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Ambrose Bierce utilizes third person limited narration as well as third person objective narration throughout Part Three of the short story. Third person limited point of view is when the narrator...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2018 11:23 am UTC

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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

Ambrose Bierce implies several things about the psychology of the human mind in "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge". One is that the mind essentially creates its own reality, especially in a moment...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2015 3:50 am UTC

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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

Based on what the Federal scout tells Peyton Farquhar in part II of the story, we have to make some assumptions, because we are never told explicitly why this man is being hanged. The Federal scout...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2018 12:20 pm UTC

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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

The narrator of Ambrose Bierce's short story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" knows everything about the protagonist, Peyton Farquhar: who he is, what he does, and what he thinks and feels. The...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2014 6:25 pm UTC

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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

As Ambrose Bierce's “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” opens, we see a man standing on a railroad bridge with his wrists bound and a rope around his neck. He is about to be hanged by Union...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2020 3:12 pm UTC

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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

"An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" is a story of romanticism versus realism and as such is characteristic of Ambrose Bierce's cynical outlook on life in general. Peyton Farquhar is a Southern...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 6:23 pm UTC

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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

By telling the events of the story out of chronological order, Ambrose Bierce sets the scene for the reader, establishes the stakes, and creates the opportunity for a surprise ending. The story of...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2020 9:19 pm UTC

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Part 2 is a flashback where we learn about Farquhar’s background. Descended from a family of the Old South, he is a wealthy plantation and slave owner. Sadly (but for reasons not explained) unable...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2020 2:02 pm UTC

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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

In the beginning of Part 3 of this story, Peyton Farquhar is getting hanged. He is being hanged because he has tried to sabotage the bridge. He gets hung, but the rope breaks and he falls into the...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2010 7:55 am UTC

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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

In Ambrose Bierce's "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," the irony of the statement to which Farquhar agrees, "all is fair in love and war" is situational irony. That is, there is discrepancy...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2010 12:03 pm UTC

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In this story set during the Civil War, there is one reference made to "military etiquette," which I assume is the focus of your question. It comes in the first section as the soldiers prepare...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2010 6:18 pm UTC

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You are right to identify that Bierce uses narration in a very interesting way in this famous story. For example, in section 3, the point of view shifts to the third-person-limited point of view...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2011 8:18 pm UTC

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In his story, Ambrose Pierce DOES use omnisicient narrator; he just does not use it throughout the story. In the different sections, there are variations in point of view: omniscient, in which...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2010 6:14 pm UTC

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Bierce's choice of an opening scene immediately creates suspense, as the reader will want to know the identity of the man who stood twenty feet above the water with his hands tied behind his back...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2019 6:44 pm UTC

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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

The non-traditional layout of Ambrose Bierce's short story "An Occurrence at Owl Bridge" definitely makes it more difficult to identify all of the plot structure elements. The climax is...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2012 11:03 pm UTC

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A great deal of the story's narration is about Farquhar being swept downstream away from the soldiers shooting at him. Farquhar will eventually be washed onto the shore, and the very first thing...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2018 4:34 am UTC

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The passage to which you are referring is Then all at once, with terrible suddenness, the light about him shot upward with the noise of a loud plash; a frightful roaring was in his ears, and all...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2009 1:07 am UTC

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In the second section of the short story, Bierce writes that a Union spy disguised as a Confederate soldier arrives at Peyton Fahrquhar's estate to ask for a drink of water. The Union spy then...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2018 4:20 pm UTC

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In part two, the internal conflict is revealed when Bierce elaborates on Peyton Farquhar's inner struggle to participate in the Civil War. Having an aristocratic southern background prevents...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2017 2:01 pm UTC

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The narrator tells us that Peyton Farquhar is a wealthy plantation owner who ardently supports the Confederate cause against the Union Army. Despite his affinity for the Confederacy and his...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2018 11:59 pm UTC

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Stream of consciousness is a literary technique that focuses on the flow of thoughts within the minds of characters rather than objective linear narrative. The term was first described in The...

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There are two ways in which a fiction writer creates identification, empathy, or sympathy with a character. One is to tell everything from that character's point of view. The other way is to give...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2016 1:16 pm UTC

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Peyton Farquhar dies beneath the Owl Creek Bridge. He was captured and hanged for trying to sabotage and destroy the bridge so that that the Union army could not use it. The story is great, and...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2016 12:06 pm UTC

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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

The mood shifts according to the point-of-view in "An Occurrence at Owl Bridge" by Ambrose Bierce. As the story opens the mood is stoic; the scene portrayed reads more like a report of how the...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2012 4:37 am UTC

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Yes, the author certainly intended Peyton Farquhar's escape to be believable. That is the heart and soul of the story. The reader identifies with Farquhar and shares his thoughts and feelings in...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2016 2:56 pm UTC

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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

In part 2 of the short story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," Ambrose Bierce provides significant insight into Peyton Farquhar's background, social status, political loyalties, and motivations....

Latest answer posted June 16, 2020 3:44 pm UTC

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Ambrose Bierce’s short story “Owl Creek Bridge” draws much of its eerie power from the way it uses universal symbols. Bierce takes deeply evocative symbols—such as the bridge, the water, the...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2020 10:11 am UTC

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Mrs. Farquhar plays a significant role in the story even though she speaks no lines of dialogue. Interestingly, she serves to make Farquhar both a more sympathetic character and a less sympathetic...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2019 5:22 am UTC

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The ticking of Peyton Farquhar's watch in section I is significant because of its imagery, its symbolism, and its use as a device to trick the reader into a willing suspension of disbelief during...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2017 2:23 pm UTC

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Ambrose Bierce provides most of the background exposition in a flashback in Part II of "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." It can be seen in the interchange between Farquhar and the Federal scout...

Latest answer posted February 29, 2016 4:07 pm UTC

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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

Ambrose Bierce creates a suspenseful, dramatic ending to his classic short story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," which is both captivating and credible. Bierce utilizes structure to perfection...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2019 11:59 am UTC

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The irony of the story is that the reader thinks that Peyton Farquhar has escaped hanging and is trying to get back home. However, at the end of the story, we find that Peyton has been imagining...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2009 11:00 am UTC

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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

As Peyton Farquhar is getting executed, by hanging, as the noose is put around his neck he begins to dream about the possibility of escape. There are several clues in the narration that give the...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2009 8:43 am UTC

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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

Bierce's "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," which, along with many of his Civil War stories, came out of his own experience as a Captain of topographical engineers (map makers) in the federal...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2017 11:39 am UTC

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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

In the moments before Peyton Farquhar is hanged, he "closed his eyes in order to fix his last thoughts upon his wife and children." It makes a great deal of sense that a person, in their final...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2016 1:15 pm UTC

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At the beginning of Part III, " . . . Peyton Farquhar fell straight downward through the bridge[,] he lost consciousness and was as one already dead." After this, the narrator says that he was...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2018 12:55 pm UTC

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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

In Part II of "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" the Union scout posing as a Confederate soldier tells Peyton Farquhar: The commandant has issued an order, which is posted everywhere, declaring...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2016 6:36 pm UTC

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