Analysis Of Ambrose Bierce's An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge

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Often times events occur in what seems to be mysterious ways to teach an individual a lesson. Choices made when individuals are young, and still growing and developing stick with them. As maturity happens, individuals tend to learn some of the potential consequences they could endure over certain decisions. Life is full of lesson. Life is living to learn how to become better. In this process choices have to be made, and consequences have to be faced. In Ambrose Bierce’s short story, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” the protagonist Peyton Farquhar makes a poorly thought choice leading to an unfortunate consequence. Farquhar was a well-to-do plantation owner in the South during the Civil War. He desired pride and dignity in the war regardless…show more content…
The story is broken into three parts. Part one starts out with an individual being hung. Part two describes a man and his family and his encounter with a “Confederate soldier.” The man he had encountered was dressed in all grey just as a confederate soldier would. Finally part three describes a virtually impossible series of events that are occurring to the protagonist. The way Bierce orders his evidence in his story gives clues that the man on the bridge in part one was foreshadowing the choice of somebody later to be discovered in other parts of his story. Bierce use multiple pieces of evidence of foreshadowing in part three. First, Peyton Farquhar “escapes” death, being hanged. Next the arrogant man falls into the rapidly moving river, yet still survives. Farquhar “was now in full possession of his physical senses. They were, prenaturally, keen and alert” (Bierce 506). In reality, somebody who has just been hanged for a while, would struggle to have full range over his or her senses. Next, the protagonist endures being fired at by Union soldiers. He dove deep down into the river. Many rounds were fired but no soldier could seem to shoot…show more content…
Peyton Farquhar was the main character in “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” and essentially the only character discussed besides the disguised Federal Scout. Farquhar was around thirty-five years old. He was a plantation owner in the South. The man’s “features were good--a straight nose, firm mouth, broad forehead, from which his long, dark hair was combed straight back, falling behind his ears to the collar of his well fitted frock coat. He wore a moustache and pointed beard, but no whisker; his eyes were large and dark grey and had a kindly expression” (Bierce 503). Bierce was trying to create a character in which readers would feel sympathetic. Despite his rash decision, Bierce clings readers to the hope that Farquhar will survive. Bierce is showing that even if an individual is of great status and wealth, his or her choice has

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