Ambrose Bierce's An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge

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“Ocean, A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man — who has no gills.” By Ambrose Bierce. An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce was one of the many short stories he wrote. An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge is about a man who during the Civil War is about to be hanged for attempting to sabotage a railway bridge. While he is in the presents of being hanged he suddenly the man loses consciousness and he dreams he escapes and falls into the river below him making his way to his home to see his wife. The main part of the story took place in the river below him. I think Ambrose Bierce went through a time of depression. When he returned from war he worked as an editor, journalist, and a short story writer. Many things happened while he returned. For example, in late March 1901, Bierce’s son Leigh died of pneumonia. Bierce was shocked to have outlived two of his three children. Four years later his wife,…show more content…
This story could have reflected his own life when he was in the war. For example, Ambrose wrote about a soldier being hanged. This might have reflected something he saw in the war and felt like there was no way of escaping like how he wrote in this story. During his hallucination he dreamt of plunging into the river below him making the soldiers shoot at him from the bridge. Something similar also happened in his life too. At the battle of Rich Mountain, Bierce acted heroically as bullets were “falling around him like hail” while he was taking a seriously wounded comrade to safety. This relates to the story due to the fact that when he fell in the water the soldiers were firing the guns at him and he described it as a rain storm of bullets. He could have been killed at any moment which is not a daily struggle for most people. His life experiences inspired him to write many of his stories especially, An occurrence at owl
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