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What are some character traits of Peyton Farquhar in An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge?

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Peyton Farquhar is the protagonist in Ambrose Bierce's short story entitled "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." He is described as a wealthy plantation owner from a highly respected Alabama family. He was a secessionist, meaning that he supported the Southern cause of leaving the union. The story is set during the American Civil War, when the issue of slavery divided the country. Bierce describes Farquhar as "ardently devoted to the Southern cause."

Peyton Farquhar was a husband and a father. Readers can infer that he was devoted to his wife and children. Right before his death by hanging, his family occupies his thoughts. The narrator mentions later in the story that it is the thought of his wife and children...

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