What are some examples of naturalism in the story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge"? 

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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 in the story is described in extraordinarily detached terms. It is interesting to note that at many points during the story, Farquhar is not directly named. When he is being introduced in the story he is simply a man that "is to be hanged." Farquhar is less of a functioning character in his own right and more of an extension of a situation of death that any man might find himself in. His physical struggle is with union soldiers, to be sure, but his existential struggle is one that is completely natural.

The story is one that is constantly and unanimously classified as realism with concerns to the Civil War. However, there are elements of naturalism throughout. Bierce describes natural elements such as the sand of the beach in vivid detail, with the freed man taking no greater pleasure in...

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Last Updated by eNotes Editorial on February 13, 2020