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Ambrose Bierce

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an-occurence-at-owl-creek-bridge-ambrose-bierceNarratoreath is a dignitary who when he comes announced is to be received with formal manifestations of respect, even by those most familiar with him.Sources: Ambrose Bierce: Alone in Bad Company by Roy Morris,Encyclopaedia Britannica, New York Times, Paris ReviewCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Owl CreekActs as the boundary between reality and imaginationBridgeForms the thin line between Farquhars life and deathRoadSymbolizes Farquhars inability to escape his destinySymbolsPeyton Farquhar35-year-old Southern planter, self-deceiver, and would-be Confederate hero who gets caught; has visions at the moment of his deathMrs. FarquharBeloved wife and mother; represents idealized femininity and is her husbands primary motive as he attempts to escapeUnion ScoutAnonymous undercover Union spy; tricks Farquhar into trying to sabotage the bridge, which sends him to his doomMain CharactersA journalist and short story writer, the darkly witty Bierce is known for fiction with supernatural twists—and some of the best short stories about the Civil War. Bierce drew on his own Civil War experience, which included being shot in the head; the incident caused long-term side effects, including fainting spells.AMBROSE BIERCE1842–c. 1914AuthorIt is a challenge to know whats real when perceptions can be misleading.Perception vs. RealityFarquhar longs to take heroic action, but circumstances conspire against him.Desire for AutonomyThe glory of war appeals to Farquhar but contrasts with its painful realities.Nature of WarTHEMESDuring the American Civil War, Southern patriot Peyton Farquhar triesto strike a blow for the Confederacy—but when he fails, he pays the ultimate price. As hes about to be hanged for his treason, he breaks free and fights his way back to his beloved family ... or does he?What Does aCondemned ManSee as He Dies?EnglishOriginal Language1890Year PublishedAmbrose BierceAuthorAn Occurrence atOwl Creek BridgeWar LiteratureShort Story

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