Peyton Farquhar's Death

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The Grim Reaper’s Reach An evaluation of the reality/embellishment of death What happens in the moments just before imminent death? Does one see their life flash before their eyes? Some things in life are just unexplainable and really we will never know until that moment is upon us. We can speculate through stories and movies what actually goes on just before the end; that we will have a white light appearing before us waiting to take us to the great beyond, or we will have this gruesome coldness take us. In the stories An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, Bullet to the Brain, and Dulce et Decorum Est the authors illustrate, embellish, or uglify what death is and what precedes it. Using these authors I will show how beautiful,…show more content…
The death that occurs here is a typical embellished glorified scenario. The main character Peyton Farquhar’s death is very vividly described; what goes on in reality and what goes on in Peyton’s mind are two different scenarios. One of the scenarios is as follows “As Peyton Farquhar fell straight downward through the bridge he lost consciousness and was as one already dead. From this state he was awakened--ages later, it seemed to him--by the pain of a sharp pressure upon his throat, followed by a sense of suffocation. Keen, poignant agonies seemed to shoot from his neck downward through every fiber of his body and limbs. These pains appeared to flash along well-defined lines of ramification and to beat with an inconceivably rapid periodicity. They seemed like streams of pulsating fire heating him to an intolerable temperature. As to his head, he was conscious of nothing but a feeling of fulness--of congestion. These sensations were unaccompanied by thought. The intellectual part of his nature was already effaced; he had power only to feel, and feeling was torment. He was conscious of motion. Encompassed in a luminous cloud, of which he was now merely the fiery heart, without material substance, he swung through unthinkable arcs of oscillation, like a vast pendulum. Then all at once, with terrible suddenness, the light about him shot upward with the noise of a loud splash; a frightful roaring was in his ears, and all was cold and dark. The power of thought was restored; he knew that the rope had broken and he had fallen into the stream.”(Bierce 292) this is in Peyton’s mind. In this scenario, the noose breaks as he is being executed allowing him to fall in the river below. Once he is free of his bonds, he attempts to make it home safe to his family. he travels for over a day to make it home, upon his return he sees her “At the bottom of the
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