Bierce had every reader on the edge of their seat awaiting Peyton Farquhar success in his escape. “If I could free my hands, I might throw off the noose and spring into the stream"(399). Peyton Farquhar thought this in “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” as he awaited his execution. It is the start of his unconscious plans to escape his death and it highlights the important theme of reality verses illusion, the death, and the deception that leads to Peyton Farquhar’s death. Ambrose Bierce "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," written in 1890 is about a man named Peyton Farquhar whose escape is widely believable.
“The Chrysanthemums” Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing. Ed. Edgar V Roberts and Robert Zweig. 10th ed. New York: Pearson Longman, 2012.
Ambrose Bierce’s various shifts deceive readers into believing the protagonist, Peyton Farquhar, has escaped a perilous fate. Readers are confounded as the conflict actualizes with Peyton Farquhar finding himself on a bridge awaiting his execution. Although Farquhar is to be hung, he still manages to keep calm and focused on what is important, his family. However this is where the story makes its first turn as Farquhar’s thoughts are interrupted by the sound of his own watch. The description of the piercing sound is but a small glimpse of the “dream” that is to come.
C.S Lewis wants to ensure that literature is a work of art from one person’s ability to show their emotion through writing about their thoughts, emotions, and their daily lives. Literature adds to reality by enhancing a story that can be based on true events, it adds a fictional twist and a certain fantasy to our imagination. In Sylvia Plath’s poem “Daddy” the speaker of the poem wants revenge on her own father by killing him. But, later the reader finds out that he is dead before she can even kill him. Even though, her father is dead the memories she has of him are haunting.