State The Situation Peyton Faces In Part 1
What is the situation Peyton Farquhar faces in part one of "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge"?
Peyton Farquhar faces an impossible situation. He does not appear to have any chance of escaping execution. Ambrose Bierce describes the situation in the opening sentences of the story.
A man stood upon a railroad bridge in northern Alabama, looking down into the swift water twenty feet below. The man's hands were behind his back, the wrists bound with a cord. A rope closely encircled his neck. It was attached to a stout cross-timber above his head and the slack fell to the level of his knees.
He is being executed for attempting to set fire to this bridge. Even if he could somehow manage to free his hands and pull the noose off his neck in the next minute or two of his life, as he is...
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