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 description as possible. Literary realism also seeks to eliminate dramatic or romantic flourishes.
In “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” we can see an example of this style in the way author Ambrose Bierce introduces the reader to the condemned man, Peyton Farquhar. Bierce provides details about the noose around Farquhar's neck which enable the reader to clearly visualize what the hanging scene looks like. Bierce says:
“[Peyton's] hands were behind his back, the wrists bound with a cord. A rope closely encircled his neck. It was attached to a stout cross-timber above his head and the slack fell to the level of his knees. Some loose boards laid upon the ties supporting the rails of the railway supplied a footing for him and his executioners…”
Bierce then describes the sentinels that guard...
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