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. “Young Goodman Brown” is also of a young man who just married to a woman with the name of Faith. Further into the story, it appears that the man went on a journey and through his journey he learned that not everything is how it seems. The authors of these stories have included the use of irony to determine the difference between illusion and reality. In short story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” Ambrose Bierce presents us with an interesting story that lures any reader at the start of it.
In "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, " Bierce focuses on... ... middle of paper ... ... the truth that results in great surprise at the end of each story when both main characters die. Neither short story would have been as effective without the narrator revealing the thoughts of the protagonist. By emphasizing individual perspectives, the author's shift the focus from the external action to the internal experiences of each protagonist. The power and depth of the ideas are successfully delivered because the reader is permitted insight into the characters' thoughts. The analytical tone created by Bierce is a detailed and thorough examination of the character's thoughts before her death while Chopin's sympathetic tone is responsible for allowing the reader to feel affectionate for Mrs. Mallard's plight prior to her death.
Irony brings attention to the conscious or thoughts during the story and the unlikelihood of actually dying at the end shows how strong our minds are. Narration is brought to show the theme of his expected death and a diversion from the reality of the readers thoughts. The story is saturated with literary elements that help prove the theme of “An Occurrence of Owl Creek Bridge”. Works Cited Bierce, Ambrose. "An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge."
O’Brien, Tim. “The Things They Carried.” The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction. 8th ed. Ed. Ann Charters.
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