An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge - Peyton’s hanging...

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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge Readings in American Life Christian Yimgnia “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” was an excellent short story b Ambrose Bierce that centered on Peyton Farquhar, a southern planter who is about to be hanged by the Union Army for attempting to destroy the railroad bridge at Owl Creek. As Farquhar stands on the bridge with a noose around his neck, Bierce leads the reader to believe that the rope breaks and that Farquhar falls into the water below, only to escape to his farm where he is reunited with his wife. It is revealed at the end of the story that Farquhar has been hanged and that these imaginings took place in the seconds before his death. Even though the ending was weird, this writing was technically brilliant. Bierce sense of writing in this story was one the main things that amazed me. The sense of time, descriptive writing, and plot were very well organized. The author really did a good job of getting the reader captivated. For example the events leading up to
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Unformatted text preview: Peyton’s hanging accurately gave me a sense of anxiety. Then the author smoothly transitions into Peyton’s background that made me forget about the present timing of events, which is very vital in making the illusion of Peyton’s daydream reality. I also admired Bierce descriptive scenes like when he compares sand to gems or when Peyton dodges ammunition fire. These scenes made me want to slow the sense of time and take in the environment to its fullest effect. At the end of the story I took time to rethink what I read. It was a very good feeling because the story was short and very interesting. I think the author did a great job of changing scenes, creating suspense, and then he set up the entire story for a shocking ending. The author made me believe in Peyton’s escape but then at the end I was surprised he didn’t make it....
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This note was uploaded on 03/05/2012 for the course LIT 100 taught by Professor Cooper during the Spring '11 term at University of Minnesota Duluth.

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