What was Peyton Fahrquhar's "life" and what mattered most to him in "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge"?Some people believe your life flashes before you in the final moments before death. If this...

What was Peyton Fahrquhar's "life" and what mattered most to him in "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge"?

Some people believe your life flashes before you in the final moments before death. If this is true, or if Ambrose Bierce believed the same, what was Peyton Fahrquhar's "life"? What mattered most to him and how does the writer make this clear to the reader?

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The protagonist of the Ambrose Bierce short story, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," Peyton Farquar is a wealthy Alabama plantation owner with a wife and children. He is also dedicated to the Confederacy with hopes of one day enjoying the glories of the battlefield, perhaps as an officer. But Farquar has apparently been enlisted to serve as a spy (for either his state or nation) instead, and he is willing to do anything he can to serve the Southern cause. He attempts to gain information about the Owl Creek Bridge, which he hopes to burn, but his plan is discovered by a Yankee spy dressed in a Confederate uniform, to whom Farquar reveals his intentions. In the end, it appears that it is his family that matters most, since it is his home and his wife and children that he thinks of in his final moments--believing that he is returning home to them in the seconds before he dies.

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