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An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge - Ambrose Bierce's "An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge" seems to have been written to skillfully play with the minds of its readers. The ending of "An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge" can prompt the question, "What just happened?" Present becomes the past, gets lost in a sort of dream world and then comes back to the present sense again. Bierce's infamous character Peyton Farquhar is known to raise eyebrows just by the mention of his name. Farquhar's grizzly end was due to a clever disguise by a Federal Scout, but exactly how clever was it....   [tags: Ann Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge Ambose Bierce R] 1313 words
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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, by Ambrose Bierce - In “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”, Bierce starts her short story on the edge with Peyton Farquhar, a 35 year old planter from the south, standing on Owl Creek Bridge with his hands tied behind his back and a noose around his neck. There are soldiers from the north surrounding him. Two soldiers, one on each side of him, take away the plank in which he is standing on. Falling to the water, Farquhar focuses his last thoughts on his family, while also having hopes of freeing his hands and diving into the water below....   [tags: literary analysis, occurence at owl creek bridge]
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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by A. Bierce - ... The narrator shows little emotion in order to make the readers feel that the situation cannot be changed, that the course of events if predefined and the character would not escape his fate. There are two conflicts in the story. The first one is a literal conflict between Peyton Farquhar and the Federal Army. As a farmer he was “longing for the release of his energies, the larger life of the soldier, the opportunity for distinction. That opportunity, he felt, would come, as it comes to all in war time”....   [tags: imagination, emotion, farmer] 784 words
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Ambrose Bierce's An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge - Ambrose Bierce's “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” by Ambrose Bierce, is the story of the hanging of a Civil War era Southern gentleman by the name of Peyton Farquhar. The story begins with an unidentified man being prepared to be hanged by a company of Union soldiers on a railroad bridge that runs over a river. He is then identified as Peyton Farquhar, a man who attempted to destroy the very bridge they are standing on based on information he was given by a Federal scout posing as a Confederate soldier....   [tags: Bierce Occurence Owl Creek Bridge Essays]
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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce - An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce 'An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge' by Ambrose Bierce is a 19th Century mystery story that is set at the time of the American Civil War (1861-1865) when the Slave owning Confederate States in the South engaged in conflict with the Federal Government of the USA. The story focuses on a character called Peyton Farquhar, whom is about to be summarily hung for trespassing on the Owl Creek Bridge; his fate is to be hung from that same bridge. The story ends with a curious twist in the plot....   [tags: English Literature Owl Creek Bierce Essays] 1969 words
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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge - It is true that in all great literature. Clues which later seem obvious are often undetected until the story’s plot is resolved. The reader is unaware of the foreshadowing until the plot comes together. Ambrose Bierces " An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" and " A Horseman In The Sky" identify literary elements supporting this thought. In Ambrose Bierces " An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" two private soldiers of the Federal army were appointed by a sergeant to lynch Peyton Farquhar from a elderly suspended bridge because of his attempt to aid the Confederate forces....   [tags: essays research papers] 577 words
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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge: Literary Realism - There has been much examination of the more popular terms used in American literature, such as romanticism and classicism, but little examination done on literary realism. Despite realism being mostly ignored in the late nineteenth century, it has now become commonplace in American literature. Although An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce does offer some examples of literary realism in its verisimilitude of detail and idealism, there were also many instances of fantastical imagery and an unrealistic sense of time, which is contradictory to literary realism....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge - “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”, to me was about a man swindled into being killed. Before you die, your whole life flashes before your eyes. But for this man, it was not his life, but what could’ve happened instead of him dying being played out in his mind. Peyton Farquhar was a slave owner from Alabama that highly supported the south. The story started out with Farquhar standing on the edge of the bridge all tied up 20 or so feet above the swift moving river. There were soldiers posted all around so he could not run away even if he did end up getting free and running for it....   [tags: essays research papers] 897 words
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Analysis of An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce - Numerous American authors have written stories about the Confederate Civil War. Ambrose Bierce has been one of the most popular authors whose writings have withheld the ticking test-of-time. His own distinction within the Union Confederate Army provides a parallel within his own writings. In the justly famous short story, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” (Bierce 551), Ambrose Bierce, creates a fascinating tale of reality that infuses a bridge into ostensible spirituality through his effective use of characters, settings, and symbolisms....   [tags: characters, settings, symbolisms]
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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, by Ambrose Bierce - “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” leads readers to query Ambrose Bierce about the numerous point of view shifts his story takes. Ambrose Bierce’s descriptive writing style grasps the reader’s attention, unknowingly manipulating the reader throughout the entire story. This statement holds to be true as the story line develops. “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” has a variety of ups and downs throughout the story, changing the direction and perspective through its point of view of omniscient and limited omniscient....   [tags: Critical Analysis and Summary]
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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce - Reading and understanding literature is not as easy as it sounds. Being able to dissect each piece of information and connect it to the overall theme of the story takes lots of rereading and critical thinking. Reading the story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” takes lots of critical thinking and understanding the literature in a different point of view than the average reader would. The theme of this particular story quickly came to mind after initially concluding the reading, the author is trying to convey that nobody can escape death and how thoughts in the mind are so substantial in the consciousness that it can take over the reality....   [tags: literary analysis, symbolism]
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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce - Ever find yourself in a horrifying situation, wishing it was only a nightmare you would soon wake up from, only to realize it's reality that is sealed due to the uncontrollable circumstance. In the fictional short story, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”, author Ambrose Bierce tells the story of a man who finds himself in such a situation. Part one begins with an unnamed fugitive and a group of Federal Union Soldiers standing on a railroad bridge in Alabama. The story takes place during the American Civil War....   [tags: unamed fugitive, peyton farquha]
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The Psychological Labyrinth in Owl Creek Bridge, Yellow Wallpaper, and Garden of Forking Paths - The Psychological Labyrinth in Owl Creek Bridge, Yellow Wallpaper, and Garden of Forking Paths    For millennia, the labyrinth has been used as a sacred tool for spiritual enlightenment.   Sometimes called a "divine imprint" because of its prevalence combined with its unknown origin,   the labyrinth provides a "transcendent experience of connection and clarity" ("What is a Laby-   rinth") through the act of walking the winding paths to its center. Unlike a maze, which has dead   ends and trick turns, the labyrinth has only a single path leading to and from the center; the   principle of the labyrinth is such that a person must traverse every inch of space before reaching   his/h...   [tags: Occurrence Owl Creek Bridge Essays]
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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge - “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridgeâ€. Ambrose Bierce weaves a tale of intrigue and captivation, by using shifts of voice and time in the story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridgeâ€?. In the first four paragraphs, Bierce begins the story using third person, and in this point of view, he creates reality. We can view the situation and all aspects while it is written in third person; we know precisely what is going on, we know it is real. Near the end of the fourth paragraph, the author shifts cleverly from third person to limited omniscient....   [tags: essays research papers] 573 words
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Deception in "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" - Ambrose Bierce's short story An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge tells a story during the American Civil War. Peyton Farquhar, an ardent supporter of the South, would be hanged at the Owl Creek bridge by the Federal army for attempting to damage the bridge to prevent the advance of the northern troops. As the execution was carried out, Farquhar fell into a fantasy where he thought the rope broke and he was going on his way to an escape. However, after "hours of arduous journey to life"--which only amounted to a few seconds in reality--Farquhar only reached his inevitable destiny--a death with a broken neck....   [tags: American Literature] 687 words
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Analysis of Two Short Stories Happy Endings and An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge - Literary elements on numerous occasions play a massive role in the meaning of a story. Two distinct cases being in the short stories “Happy Endings” and “An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge.” In these particular cases the literary element that depicts meaning is internal conflict. In “Happy Endings” the conflict lies within the character Mary who is in love with John, but he is not in love with her. A similar circumstance is in the story “An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge”, where the main character Farquhar wrestles with the idea of evading him imminent death....   [tags: charcter, conflict, literary elements] 1126 words
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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce Analytical Paper - “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true” (Kierkegaard)- Misleading oneself by accepting things as true or valid when they are not is a common phenomenon of nearly every human being, especially when faced with life changing of threatening situations. Self-deception can therefore be considered an option to escape reality in order to prevent oneself from dealing with the weight of a situation. Basically, those strong influencing psychological forces keep us from acknowledging a threatening situation or truth....   [tags: time, symbol, illusion]
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The Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce - The Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce Ambrose Bierce wrote "The Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" during the turn of the nineteenth to twentieth century. During this time period the two writing styles of romanticism, and realism were coming together. This melding of styles was a result of the romantic period of writing and art coming to an end, just at realism was beginning to gain popularity. "The Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" is a perfect example of this transition of styles as it combines elements of both romanticism and realism to create a story that can be far-fetched while still believable at times....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Summary] 318 words
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Perceptions in An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge and The Story of an Hour - Perceptions in An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge and The Story of an Hour In "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" and "The Story of an Hour," the authors use similar techniques to create different tones, which in turn illicit very distinct reactions from the reader. Both use a third person narrator with a limited omniscient point of view to tell of a brief, yet significant period of time. In "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," Bierce uses this method to create an analytical tone to tell the story of Farquhar's experience just before death....   [tags: Papers] 963 words
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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce - An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce In "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge", we see the author, Ambrose Bierce, cleverly develop his short story through a masterful use of style, plot and theme. We must appreciate the use of these aspects, especially when we consider the amazing twist the story takes, and how perfectly this piece has been set up. First, we should look at the amazingly clear and crisp style Bierce uses to communicate his story so powerfully to the reader. Through his use of all five senses in the story, there is no doubting its reality....   [tags: Papers] 448 words
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The Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, by Ambrose Bierce - “The Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” by Ambrose Bierce tells the story of a man being executed. As the man dies he imagines his escape. Facing death, the man wants nothing more ten to go home to his family. During his journey home, the man comes to appreciate life. Perhaps he sees how he should have lived, only as a dying man could. When faced with death he truly begins to realize what he has lost. This story might show us how death can enlighten us about life. It is said that when you die your life passes before your eyes....   [tags: essays research papers] 627 words
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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge: Summary and Review - The short story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" by Ambrose Bierce was an incredible work of fiction. The choice to tell this story from an omniscient point of view is what made this story phenomenal. Because we are experiencing all of the emotions that the condemned man felt, we are drawn into his private world. If we had heard this from a more traditional point of view, it wouldn't have been nearly as touching or personal as it was. The way the story was told gave us the impression that we were there, floating above it, and witnessing every moment....   [tags: American Literature] 695 words
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Styles of An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge versus The Tell Tale Heart - The authors, Ambrose Bierce of 'An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge' and Edger Allan Poe of 'The Tell Tale Heart' have unique styles to pull the reader into the story. Both authors use unreliable narrator and imagery to allow the reader to picture and follow the narrator's way of thinking. In the Tell Tale Heart, the man is very repetitious and his psychotic behavior is what intrigues the overall dark madness of The Tell Tale Heart. In Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge Bierce uses illusions to allow the reader to follow wherever his ideas lead which also intrigues the overall dark madness effect....   [tags: essays research papers] 481 words
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A Closer Look at the Relation Between Oedipus the King and An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge - A Closer Look at the Relation Between Oedipus the King and An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce is a 19th Century mystery story that is set at the time of the American Civil War (1861-1865), when the Slave owning Confederate States in the South engaged in conflict with the Federal Government of the USA. The story focuses on a character called Peyton Farquhar, who was about to be hung for trespassing the Owl Creek Bridge....   [tags: Papers] 1792 words
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Linguistic and Narrative Cohesion in An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridg - Linguistic and Narrative Cohesion in An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge   The reader's bewilderment at the end of Ambrose Bierce's "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" is less a result of Peyton Farquhar's death than the timely coordination of this man's violent execution with the reader's sudden realization that instead of a detached objective reading he has been cajoled into a subjective experience (Ames 53). The reader is able to cross over into the consciousness of the protagonist at the moment when experience ends because of the story's cohesion and coherence....   [tags: Occurrence Owl Creek]
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Ambrose Bierces’ An Occurence At Owl Creek Bridge - Ambrose Bierces’ Story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”      Ambrose Bierces’ story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” tells the story of a confederate secessionist, who is being hanged by Union troops. At the time of the hanging, the soldiers drop him from the bridge. Luckily, just as he falls the rope snaps and the man dives into the “sluggish stream”. He miraculously takes off his ropes and swims away. When he reaches the bank of the creek, he runs for what seems like forever. He finally reaches home, where his family is waiting so anxiously for him....   [tags: Occurence Owl Creek Bridge Bierces Essays] 1122 words
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An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge and The Necklace - ... Maupassant describes her at the beginning of the story that “she was one of those pretty and charming girls born, as though fate had blundered over her, into a family of artisans.” Maupassant put “pretty” and “family of artisans” into two opposite sides, and it seems that Madame Loisel’s marriage is a “blunder.” This story takes place at the late 18th century. During this time, the general believe of women is to be beautiful and wealthy, and every women is dreamed to step into the upper class society....   [tags: reality and delusion, Maupassant, Biercce] 1362 words
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An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge: A Manipulation of Time - An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge Essay An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge: Present-Past-Present Ambrose Bierce’s An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, which is a short story released in 1890, gained much popularity over the years. It is most famous for it’s manipulation of time. Though the events in the book only take seconds, the story is over eight pages long. Time seems to slow for the man in the noose and at the same time speed up for the reader. In this way, Bierce presents his manipulation of time in the story....   [tags: Literature Review] 698 words
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An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge - An Occurance at Owl Creek Bridge People can easily recognize that a butterfly, a horse, or a tree are alive and that a bike, a computer, and a lamp are not. People call a thing living if it is capable of performing certain activities, such as growth or reproduction. Biologists, however, have a hard time defining life. They have difficulty locating the dividing line between living and nonliving things. All scientist do agree however that one characteristic of all living things is the will to live that they all possess....   [tags: essays research papers] 868 words
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Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge - Out of all the stories I have read in class so far, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce, has touched me most. When I first began reading the story I felt as though I was not interested, because my assumptions of what the story was going to be about were completely different than the stories actual content. As I set aside my judgment and let myself try to enjoy the story, I found myself anxiously reading to the bitter end. This story was not only interesting and unique, but also had an added twist at the end, which surprised most readers....   [tags: essays research papers] 1112 words
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An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce - Dream and Reality. The short story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce, exemplifies the idea of dream versus reality. A dream is believe that comes from the deepest stage of your mind. Is based on ideas, emotions and sensations that sometimes are related to our real life or just a fantasy. Reality is a succession of events that exist. The short story starts by creating curiosity with the revelation that a man will be hung in the owl creek bridge. At that moment the reader does not know the reasons for which the man will be sentenced....   [tags: dreams vs reality]
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Analysis of An Occurrence at Owl Creek - ... The structure of the story, helps to show the significance of the power of imagination in life. Bierce used structure to help influence this idea, to help reader to understand the main character’s problem in the context of the story. At the beginning of the story, the main character Peyton Farquhar, is shown on a bridge. Peyton, according to the text, “stood upon a railroad bridge in northern Alabama, looking down into the swift water twenty feet below” (83). From the opening sentence, Bierce has definitely grabbed the readers’ attention....   [tags: civil war, power, imagination]
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An Occurance at owl creek bridge - Throughout the story, we are able to see of different of a world Ambrose Bierce lived in compared to the one that we know. This is the first part of the story that noticed, because in today’s world, no man would ever be hung, let alone executed for tampering with a bridge. Peyton Farquhar grew up as a rich southerner. He had everything that a man could want at that point in time: a wife, children, land and slaves. However, he had always felt something was missing. Due to the fact he was unable to fight in the army, he did not feel like he was really a man....   [tags: essays research papers] 731 words
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Peyton Farquhar in An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge by Bierce Ambrose - The Federal soldiers execute orders in “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”, which Ambrose Bierce (Ambrose 551) characterizes Peyton Farquhar’s impending demise as he encounter delusions, exemplifies profound keen senses, and experiences a perplexing fight-or-flight mental cognizance in an escape toward a perceived freedom, and nonetheless, remains a “standing civilian and a student in a hanging” (554). As Peyton Farquhar marches in the center of the line of federate executioners, subsequently, he stands on a plank with a noose around his neck, while the sun shone, the owls screech above, and single piece of driftwood floats by below....   [tags: freedom, hanging, demise]
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Artistically Hanging a Man - ... Another thing that makes it apparent that he doesn’t have a regret of his crime is how Bierce describes in his eyes of how he “… had a kindly expression which one would hardly have expected in one whose neck was in the hemp” (Bierce 552). His only regret is that he isn’t able to see his wife who is mentioned even more than the kids. The kids are only mentioned once when he closes his eyes to get his mind off of what’s about to happen to him. The setting is this story is ironically at Owl Creek Bridge which is in Northern Alabama....   [tags: Confederate Army, Owl Creek Bridge]
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Ocurrence at Owl Creek Bridge - Many Greek playwrights use the self-realizations of their characters to accentuate the themes of their tragedies. Sophocles, for one, uses the character change of Oedipus, simultaneously with the plot, to underline the theme of his famous work, Oedipus the King. As Oedipus grows in alarming self-knowledge, he shifts from a prideful, heroic king at the inception of the play, to a tyrannical man in denial toward the middle, to an apprehensive, doomed man, humbled by his tragic fate by the end. At first, Oedipus seems to be a self-assured, courageous hero....   [tags: Oedipus, Tragic Hero] 1020 words
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With reference to An Arrest and An occurance at Owl Creek bridge - With reference to An Arrest and An occurance at Owl Creek bridge Explore Ambrose Beirce's treatment of the theme of justice. Leann Parker With reference to 'An Arrest' and 'An occurance at Owl Creek bridge' Explore Ambrose Beirce's treatment of the theme of justice. Ambrose Beirce lived between the years of 1842 - 1914 ,though his date of death can not be for certain. He lived during the period of the civil war and was the author of supernatural stories. He wrote those stories because he was interested in the war and crime and this led too his two books; 'Tales of soldiers and civilians' and 'Can such things be?'....   [tags: English Literature:] 865 words
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Comparing An Occurance at Owl Creek Bridge and The Snows of Kilimanjaro - An Occurance at Owl Creek Bridge and The Snows of Kilimanjaro. Death is an intriguing thing. From time immemorial we have feared it, used it, pondered it. Frequently, stories allow the reader into the minds of those immediatly surrounding the one who will die; but all of us "will die." Our morbid interest is in dying, the going, that threshold between death and life. What happens there. There are similiarities and differences in how death appears to the protagonist, written by Ambrose Bierce in An Occurance at Owl Creek Bridge, and Ernest Hemingway in The Snows of Kilimanjaro....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 1389 words
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The Owl - A scream passing through an open window at the edge of town rattles the settled sounds of a night tucked in, the filtering whispers of leaves outside in the breeze interrupted, yielding to the call of a helpless exater protected by sound walls; only the nearby creek persists. Call of crickets resign under full moon, and hill-riding wind halts for a moment following the cry. Slowly, the leaves begin to whisper again, though slightly muffled, offset by the impression of a scream when it was the last thing on the night’s mind....   [tags: Descriptive Essay, Descriptive Writing] 494 words
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Oh the Irony! - The use of irony is widely applied today in our films, conversations, and literature. Irony can be helpful in the aspect of literature when depicting between illusion and reality. In “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce and in “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, there are examples that can be seen of how irony is used in stories. “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” is a story of a man by the name of Peyton Farquhar. This man is involuntarily at Owl Creek Bridge waiting to be hanged but before passing away, he envisioned himself escaping his death and seeing his family....   [tags: reality, sin, dream]
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Ambrose Bierce: A Realist - Literary movements are defined by the contributed philosophies of the poets, screenwriters, and authors of a certain time period. As an editor, journalist, philosopher, and author, Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) contended the Romantic movement style in many ways, which some people considered harsh and bland. The themes of his works usually involved the brutality of war, perception of time, and reality of certain situations. Bierce used incredibly precise detail and everyday diction to depict unidealized life events to their most validity....   [tags: literature, realism]
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