Theme Of The Hanging And A Hanging

George Orwell’s “A Hanging” and Ambrose Bierce’s “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” are two extremely different stories with one shared aspect; a hanging. One major thing in these stories are similar; however, there are a few small connections throughout both stories. But considering both stories involve an execution hangman style, the two more alike with each other than other short stories in the “Reading Literature and Writing Argument” book. Even though the writings have matching executions styles, the stories are utterly different. One is filled with exhilarating actions, great sensory details and a plot twist; while the other has simple actions, dull details, and the ending is plain.
In my own opinion “A Hanging” by George Orwell is unexciting. This writing unlike the other is a true story, therefore the author did not create thrilling actions. Orwell witnessed this execution of a Hindu man and wrote the short non-fiction story in 1931. While Bierce, author of “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”, wrote his fiction story with great action and detail making it a more exciting to the readers.
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“A Hanging” ends with the prison guards going on with their day after executing a man. “We all had a drink together, native and European alike, quite amicably. The dead man was a hundred yards away.” (335) The simplicity of the ending tells the reader how normal an execution is for the men. It also helps shows how simple the short in its entirety is. The ending of “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” was a plot twist. As a reader, I could assume Farquhar did not successfully escape his death, but as a person with a heart, I still had the hope that he did. However, my hopes were smashed by Ambrose Bierce’s ending. His ending that involved Farquhar seeing is family again completely changed due to these simple words “Peyton Farquhar was dead…” While both stories end simply the two differ
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