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When we are faced with a problem, we often try and find an escape. Though we may not be able to dodge the repercussions, finding an escape may cushion our “hanging”. Peyton Farquhar did the same, by indulging into his happy thoughts. Bierce created “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” to acknowledge how people may cope with their inevitable problems. In “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce, Bierce uses Peyton Farquhar’s hanging as an analogy to any difficulty we may experience by allowing Farquhar to dive into a surreal dream that enhances his optimism of his existence. Bierce uses foreshadowing, shifts in point of view, and setting to show how the mind is a powerful tool that can manipulate thoughts to “seem” real, acquiring hope in those dreams. Ambrose Bierce uses foreshadowing to pave two imperative roads. The first road is of actuality. The second road is of misconception. He includes three sections to subliminally manipulate these pathways to exert delusion. Bierce graphically explains the hanging in the first section by elongating the preparation of Peyton Far...
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