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

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What is the effect of the narrator remaining unnamed until later in the story?

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Ambrose Bierce's story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge " has an unusual form. The man being hanged is not identified in Part I. Then in Part II, after the man has fallen from the bridge with the noose around his neck at the end of Part I, Bierce uses a flashback to fill the reader in on all the important questions. By not identifying the condemned man in Part I, Bierce gets stronger reader identification with the his thoughts and feelings. The story opens with...

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