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

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What is the central conflict in the story "An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge"?

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In a story of this type, it might be said that the central conflict is the war between the North and the South during the American Civil War. Bierce seems to be intentionally making his story seem like only one trivial incident, or occurrence, out of innumerable others which killed hundreds of thousands of men on both sides. His choice of a setting--a little bridge that nobody ever heard of--seems indicative of his intention to make this incident, so important to one man, seem insignificant in the great scheme of things. The title of the story, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge ," is dispassionate. It sounds like a minor item buried in the back pages of a newspaper, or a brief report from a military...

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  • Farquhar tries to sabotage the Owl Creek Bridge , And Gets Caught , Farquhar doesnt escape and is hung from that very bridge .