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

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When does it become apparent it's all a dream in "The Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge"? Is there reason to be suspicious before the last line of the story?

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It isn't certain that this was all just a dream until right at the end of the story. But before then, there are one or two clues. For one thing, we're told that Payton lost consciousness before he supposedly fell from Owl Creek Bridge into the water. This would suggest that this is nothing more than a dream.

Then, when Payton eventually drags himself out of the...

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