The antagonist or the northern scout was also

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The antagonist, or the northern scout, was also deceptive. He acted as a Confederate soldier and Farquhar’s friend giving him the idea to burn down the bridge, which was also the conflict in the story. He told Farquhar that there was driftwood against the bridge and that, “It is now dry and would burn like tow” (525). This gave Farquhar the idea to burn the bridge which also served as irony; he took the advice from the soldier who was actually an impersonator, which in turn led to his death. The point of view is very deceptive throughout the whole story. The point of view is third person limited omniscient but the narrator knows what is happening but chooses to hide it. As mentioned earlier foreshadowing is used showing that the narrator knew what was going to happen. Although there is no actual flashback in the story I think some of Farquhar’s imaginations could serve to be a flashback, which was again deceptive. He never actually thinks back in time, but I think his subconscious does. Towards the end of the story he imagines going home and seeing his wife, “looking fresh and cool and sweet” (528), which we find out never actually happened. Although this wasn’t a flashback in the normal sense I think his subconscious took a memory from the past and used it in the present. Although the symbol I found in the story did not contribute to the theme it still served a purpose in the story. The blacksmith’s hammer on the anvil in the distance that Farquhar was hearing slowed down, “The intervals of silence grew progressively longer; the delays became maddening” (524), and the longer intervals of silence between the sounds he heard showed that time was slowing down.
In, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”, Ambrose Bierce used numerous literary elements to contribute to the theme. Almost every literally element we have learned was used in creating deception to the reader. Deceiving the reader itself serves a purpose; it makes it so the reader cannot predict the outcome of the ending which creates an overall better story. Section II: Critical Theory Part I: Put the first letter of the type of theory next to the characteristic. (Please note this list of descriptions is not at all meant to be a full definition or explanation of the specific type of theory. Revisit the short sections on each theory to review each of them.) F ormalist H istorical M ythological G ender B iographical P sychological S ociological R eader Response G 1. Believes that culture is so male-dominated that literature is full of unexamined male-produced assumptions.

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