An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce

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Topics for Discussion

(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

1. Research realism, naturalism, and romanticism in American letters and discuss how "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" relates to these schools of literary thought.

2. Bierce fought on the side of the Union during the Civil War. Discuss how his own experiences during the war may have influenced his telling of "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge."

3. Compare and contrast the ending of "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" to William Wallace's death scene in the 1995 movie Braveheart.