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Corrina Beaven An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge. Hubris in An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge Ambrose Bierce’s An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge is a short story that takes place during the Civil War. Peyton Farquhar, a patriot to the south (the protagonist) is caught trying to damage the Owl Creek Bridge and is sentenced to death. The destruction of the protagonist is caused by nothing other than his hubristic nature. According to Dictionary.com to be hubristic means “To have excessive pride or self-confidence”, the protagonist does not directly state that he is very confident, but his actions are not something that a cautious or realistic man would do. Having too much confidence can cause a person to be reckless and arrogance, and to act impulsively. Despite the warnings of death if caught, Peyton believes that he can be the hero of the south, that he alone could destroy the Northern Army’s plans. These two quotes from the story show how Farquhar is excessively confident in his abilities to evade detection from trained soldiers. Farquhar is a farmer, and there is nothing saying that Farquhar had any military training and no special abilities. A regular Joe would not think that any one man could elude an army.

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