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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge | Study Guide

Ambrose Bierce

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Overview

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Author

Ambrose Bierce

Year Published

1890

Type

Short Story

Genre

War Literature

Perspective and Narrator

"An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" is mostly narrated by a third-person limited omniscient narrator who focuses on the thoughts and feelings of the main character, Peyton Farquhar, as he faces death. At times the narrator is completely omniscient, as in the final paragraph of Section 2 when the narration follows the scout.

Tense

"An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" is narrated mainly in the past tense. The next-to-last paragraph is in present tense.

About the Title

The title "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" refers to two possible "occurrences," or events, at the Owl Creek bridge: the main character's hanging at the bridge or his vision of escaping the hanging.

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