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

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What is the plot structure of the story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge"? the exposition, rising action the climax etc.

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The story structure is dramatic because it goes between three different realities--the present, the past and what is happening only in the main character's mind. The reader is confused which is real and which part is only in his mind.

At the beginning, before the reader sees the man actually being hanged, the past is introduced to the reader, as a sort of backstory. The backstory is set up in such a way as to elicit sympathy from the reader because the man was only a civilian who really wanted to help in the army but couldn't.

Next in the plot, when the the structure returns to the present, it appears as though the man escaped, which adds drama to the story because at that point the reader doesn't know it was only in his head. (Not until the end does it becomes apparent that he was only dreaming.)

At the beginning, a man, (Farquhar) is on a railroad bridge waiting to be hanged. He cannot move because his hands are tied and a noose is around his neck.

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