Comparing Editha And Ambrose Bierce's An Occurence At Owl Creek Bridge

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Many war stories today have happy, romantic, and cliche ending; many authors skip the sad, groosom, and realistic part of the story. W. D. Howell’s story, Editha and Ambrose Bierce’s story, An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge both undercut the romantic plots and unrealistic conclusions brought on by many stories today. Both stories start out leading the reader to believe it is just another tpyical love-war senario, but what makes them different is the one-hundred and eighty degrees plot twist at the end of each story. In the typical love-war story the soldier would go off to war, fighting for his country, to later return safely to his family typically unscaved. Worst case scenario for these types of stories is the soldier loses a limb or eye.…show more content…
After a few days of grieving, Editha went to George’s mother’s house. During a tragic even in a love-war story, both sides of the family would come together and overcome the obstacle. However, in Editha when she went to George’s parent’s house the mother gave more guilt to Editha saying, “He told me he had asked you to come if he got killed. You did not expect that, I suppose, when you sent him” (1499). The mother continues to say, “When they give their men up to their country, they think they will come marching back, somehow, just as gay as they went...and they are so much the prouder of them” (1500). This comment is reffering to the typical type of love-war stories that have been written, undercutting the romantic plots. While W. D. Howell gets rid of the romantic ending, Ambrose Bierce’s story, An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge eliminates the unrealistic endings in adventure war style stories. The first few pages of the story starts out like today’s Mission Impossible movie. However, the ending of Mission Impossible always has the main character live. Bierce’s story starts out with an intense moment in the character’s, Peyton Farquhar, life. Leading up to Peyton’s amazing and miraculous escape, or so the reader is lead to
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