Ambrose Bierce's An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge

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“An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” is a short story written by Ambrose Bierce. Bierce used themes to convey his view of the military and war by using the concept of time so the readers can identify the distinction between reality and illusion. Bierce’s view of war is that war should not be idealized and that danger is real. Our impression of war is usually incorrect and the realities of war often differ from our conception. This story focuses on the hanging of a man on a bridge who manages to escape but only to find out it was all his imagination. Time is a significant element however it also impacts the importance of people live. In Ambrose Bierce's "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" the narrative of the capture of Farquhar by the soldiers lends dramatic and inconvenient effecting his final hours. Bierce wrote this literature to keep the reader’s attention by going into the mind of Farquhar. Bierce used the five senses to portray Farquhar view. He described the smallest thing, “saw the individual trees, the leaves and the veining of each leaf.” Farquhar was even able to hear things that human couldn’t hear on a regular bases, “The humming of the gnats that danced above the eddies of the stream, the beating of the dragon flies'…show more content…
Bierce writing was both photographic and obscure. He opens the story by introducing the moments before a man's execution with full description. A man standing on a bridge looking down into a river with two sentinels at each end of the bridge stood with his rifle in the position. Then Bierce follows up with the conflict of the story, “any civilian caught tampering with the railroad will be hanged without a trial”. Although Farquhar knows the consequence of his action he still tried to burn the bridge. Bierce used his experience of being a soldier during the Civil War to show that the hanging of a human being could be considered nothing more than an
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