Comment on the title of "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge."

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It is always worth considering the title of any work of literature as it is always a carefully chosen element that the author will have put a lot of work into selecting. Thinking about this title alone, the title suggests that obviously the main action of the tale will occur at Owl Creek Bridge, and nowhere else. Thus arguably the title already foreshadows that actually the physical action of the tale will occur nowhere else apart from Owl Creek Bridge, thus suggesting that Peyton Farquhar is actually hallucinating when he escapes from it. Likewise the word "occurrence" is worth thinking about. It is very non-specific. This vagueness perhaps suggests that what occurs at Owl Creek Bridge, the subject of the story, is too mysterious or ambiguous to be able to be clarified or given a description. This again foreshadows the way that Peyton Farquhar's final moments of life are explored and Bierce examines how the human mind is shown to flee reality.

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