It is at this point where the reader may realize the dynamic of Ambrose Bierce’s “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” in regards to the changes in shifts in perspective as well as the shifts in time the story undertakes. As readers reconsider the story, they are allotted the opportunity to decide for themselves what exactly was happening to Peyton Farquhar, moments before his death. Once readers have done so, they can truly appreciate Bierce’s grim story as a whole, manipulating as it may be. Works Cited Bierce, Ambrose. “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.” The Story and Its Writer An Introduction to Short Fiction.
11th ed. New York: W.W. Norton and Company, Inc., 2013. 165-171. Print. Mays, Kelly J.
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.
The constant repetition of the fly reminds the reader of the decay occurring. Also, the delivery process lends to the obscurity of the heart of the su... ... middle of paper ... ... as imagery to depict the overwhelming sinking of the mind, from the outside world to that in the mental one. The mental breakdown is imminent even as the reader follows the funeral procession and the “burying” of the narrator. The definition of death is reassessed and reimagined as the poem exposes more and more of the narrator’s path. These two poems of Dickinson depict the different ideas of death, even by the author herself.
Tragedy, isolation and Connectedness all are important themes in the story that make up the plot. Without a true understanding of Carver’s points that he tries to make, we as a reader can miss out, or misinterpret the meaning. Looking at this short story in the formalist perspective helps shine a light in the direction I believe the author wanted us to see. From the guy in the hit and run all the way to doctor and baker we see how carver isolated characters and then brought them together.