An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge Questions and Answers
by Ambrose Bierce

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What does the reader learn in section 2 of "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" about the main character's home life, political loyalties and motivations?

In section 2, the reader learns that Peyton Farquhar is a wealthy slave owner who is loyal to the Confederacy and willing to do whatever it takes to protect his economic interests and preserve the Southern way of life. Peyton is a staunch supporter of the Confederacy and takes it upon himself to halt the Union advance by attempting to burn down the Owl Creek Bridge.

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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. Peyton Farquhar is described as a "well-to-do planter" who hails from a wealthy slave-owning family. Similar to his fellow slave owners, Peyton is a secessionist and ardent supporter of the Confederacy. Although Peyton's aristocratic social standing prevented him from joining the Confederate forces for an unspecified reason, he is "devoted to the Southern cause" and willing to do whatever is necessary to aid the South. Bierce writes that no activity was too humble or insignificant for Peyton to perform to help the Confederacy, and he is described as being a soldier at heart.

When a Federal scout disguised as a Confederate soldier visits Peyton's plantation, Peyton and his wife are more than happy to accommodate him and Peyton listens as the Federal scout informs him of the Union's advance. The...

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