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Death And Wasted Time By Ambrose Bierce

- ... By using this rhetorical device, he effectively forces the modern reader to reflect on his or her own prejudices against America’s current enemies, provoking his audience to view both sides in a battle as human beings. Another theme present in “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” is the tragedy intrinsic to war, which further offers a window into the catastrophic losses sustained during the conflict. Bierce implements this theme by presenting Peyton as the sort of man who should have, by all means, survived the dispute; Bierce describes him as a wealthy civilian, someone whose eyes “were large and dark grey and had a kindly expression which one would hardly have expected in someone whose...   [tags: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, Ambrose Bierce]

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An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge By Ambrose Bierce

- ... When he rises to the surface he notices the northern soldiers getting ready to shoot. Farquhar frees his hands and neck, and dives down to avoid being shot. He swims with the flow of the stream seeking safety from cannons and gunfire. Being out of sight, Farquhar gets out the river with excitement. After praising his survival, he heads into the forest. Farquhar travels the entire day along a path. Finally he comes across the front gate of his home, seeing his wife stepping down to meet him. As Farquhar moves toward his wife a sharp pain around his neck occurs....   [tags: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, Ambrose Bierce]

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Ambrose Bierce's Chickamauga

- Ambrose Bierce's Chickamauga Ambrose Bierce’s short story, "Chickamauga," scrutinizes American values, specifically, America’s identifying with the natural world. Bierce is critical of the American association with divine destiny, which has manifested itself throughout history in the form of John Winthrop’s “City upon a hill” speech, the notion of the “white man’s burden,” and Manifest Destiny. American history, in the scope of the short story, is one of perceived “rightly” subjugation of others....   [tags: Ambrose Bierce Chickamauga Essays]

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`` Chickamauga `` By Ambrose Bierce

- ... An image that many men heading into battle can recount. As the boy comes out of his dream of being a great war hero; the story starts to take a turn into a darker image. The boy awakes from a night of being lost in the woods, a product of pushing the lines of his invisible enemy deep into their own territory and the fright of an unfamiliar animal. He arose to a sight that he is unable to comprehend; that what he is seeing could even be a creation of war. What the boy is confronted with is a horrific and stomach churning scene of “maimed and bleeding men” (Bierce 43) that “crept upon their hands and knees.” (43)....   [tags: Short story, The Reader, Combat, War]

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Ambrose Bierce on War Theory

- Brother against brother, neighbor against neighbor. The Civil War set a new precedent of warfare. One of the Union solders, Ambrose Bierce, wrote a collection of short stories based on his personal experience. Do his writings reflect that the Civil War was a just war by following just war theory. Bierce’s writings help reflect that the Civil War was unjust because the war was not conducted by a legitimate authority, the war was not conducted with the right attitude, and the war was not a last resort....   [tags: The Civil War]

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Ambrose Bierce: A Realist

- Literary movements are defined by the contributed philosophies of the poets, screenwriters, and authors of a certain time period. As an editor, journalist, philosopher, and author, Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) contended the Romantic movement style in many ways, which some people considered harsh and bland. The themes of his works usually involved the brutality of war, perception of time, and reality of certain situations. Bierce used incredibly precise detail and everyday diction to depict unidealized life events to their most validity....   [tags: literature, realism]

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The Writitng of Ambrose Bierce

- The writing style of Ambrose Bierce can simply be described as bitter. Almost all of his stories had some sort of irony or plot twist that made his stories interesting. Events in his life have shaped his view on the world. This viewpoint extends into his writing when he looks at the bitter side of the world in most of his stories and also the aspect of death. In the stories An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge and A Watcher by the Dead, he uses irony and examines death. Along with his patented irony, Bierce uses death in many of his popular stories, possibly as a wish for himself....   [tags: Papers Writing Style Amrbose Bierce Bitter Cynic]

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The, Occurrence At Owl Creek By Ambrose Bierce

- ... Having stated this description to detail of maybe escaping is slim to none. All this being said it gives one no doubt that he cannot escape. At the point of the story where he gets hung but the rope “breaks” is a sign of foreshadowing. As one plank board was removed he fell into this disillusion like a dream or a flashback one could say. Having this foreshadowing, he plunges in the stream and miraculously gets out of the tight ropes cowling his body. It is almost near impossible to get out of the tightly tied rope but then to miss all the gun fire....   [tags: Capital punishment, Hanging, Murder, Crime]

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Cynicism in Works of Ambrose Bierce

- The style and motives of Ambrose Bierce are those of a great intellect and cynic. Ambrose Bierce used graphic images to get his message across in a lot of his stories such as "Chicamauga" and "The Affair at Coulter's Notch". A good portion of his short stories were stories of innocent people and soldiers and their experiences. He also wrote a book called "The Devil's Dictionary," which reinterprets a few terms in the English language. Ambrose Bierce's cynical perspective, which can be seen within his literary works, actually masks a sensitive idealist, who wants to create an awareness in the readers of the horrors of war as well as the injustices and insensitivities in people and society....   [tags: Cynic Author]

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The Horsemen in the Sky by Ambrose Bierce

- The Horsemen in the Sky by Ambrose Bierce Works Cited Missing "The Horseman in the Sky" by Ambrose Bierce has many meanings in the title that makes it such an intriguing story. The title can mean any of four things if not all of them: a silhouette of a horseman on a cliff, the actual falling of the horseman from the cliff, the hypothetical meaning of Mr....   [tags: Papers]

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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, by Ambrose Bierce

- “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” leads readers to query Ambrose Bierce about the numerous point of view shifts his story takes. Ambrose Bierce’s descriptive writing style grasps the reader’s attention, unknowingly manipulating the reader throughout the entire story. This statement holds to be true as the story line develops. “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” has a variety of ups and downs throughout the story, changing the direction and perspective through its point of view of omniscient and limited omniscient....   [tags: Critical Analysis and Summary]

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Analysis of An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce

- Numerous American authors have written stories about the Confederate Civil War. Ambrose Bierce has been one of the most popular authors whose writings have withheld the ticking test-of-time. His own distinction within the Union Confederate Army provides a parallel within his own writings. In the justly famous short story, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” (Bierce 551), Ambrose Bierce, creates a fascinating tale of reality that infuses a bridge into ostensible spirituality through his effective use of characters, settings, and symbolisms....   [tags: characters, settings, symbolisms]

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An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce

- Dream and Reality. The short story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce, exemplifies the idea of dream versus reality. A dream is believe that comes from the deepest stage of your mind. Is based on ideas, emotions and sensations that sometimes are related to our real life or just a fantasy. Reality is a succession of events that exist. The short story starts by creating curiosity with the revelation that a man will be hung in the owl creek bridge. At that moment the reader does not know the reasons for which the man will be sentenced....   [tags: dreams vs reality]

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Use Of Force (ambrose Bierce)

- Use of Force Ambrose Bierce, a social critic known for his sarcasm and wit, once described the police as "an armed force for protection and participation." In this pithy statement, Bierce identifies three critical elements of the police role. First, by describing the police as "armed," their ability to coerce recalcitrant persons to comply with the law is emphasized. Because police carry weapons, it follows that the force they use may have lethal consequences. The capacity to use coercive, deadly force is so central to understanding police functions, one could say that it characterizes a key element of the police role....   [tags: essays research papers]

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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, by Ambrose Bierce

- In “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”, Bierce starts her short story on the edge with Peyton Farquhar, a 35 year old planter from the south, standing on Owl Creek Bridge with his hands tied behind his back and a noose around his neck. There are soldiers from the north surrounding him. Two soldiers, one on each side of him, take away the plank in which he is standing on. Falling to the water, Farquhar focuses his last thoughts on his family, while also having hopes of freeing his hands and diving into the water below....   [tags: literary analysis, occurence at owl creek bridge]

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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce

- Ever find yourself in a horrifying situation, wishing it was only a nightmare you would soon wake up from, only to realize it's reality that is sealed due to the uncontrollable circumstance. In the fictional short story, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”, author Ambrose Bierce tells the story of a man who finds himself in such a situation. Part one begins with an unnamed fugitive and a group of Federal Union Soldiers standing on a railroad bridge in Alabama. The story takes place during the American Civil War....   [tags: unamed fugitive, peyton farquha]

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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce

- An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce 'An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge' by Ambrose Bierce is a 19th Century mystery story that is set at the time of the American Civil War (1861-1865) when the Slave owning Confederate States in the South engaged in conflict with the Federal Government of the USA. The story focuses on a character called Peyton Farquhar, whom is about to be summarily hung for trespassing on the Owl Creek Bridge; his fate is to be hung from that same bridge. The story ends with a curious twist in the plot....   [tags: English Literature Owl Creek Bierce Essays]

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Ambrose Bierce's An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

- Ambrose Bierce's “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” by Ambrose Bierce, is the story of the hanging of a Civil War era Southern gentleman by the name of Peyton Farquhar. The story begins with an unidentified man being prepared to be hanged by a company of Union soldiers on a railroad bridge that runs over a river. He is then identified as Peyton Farquhar, a man who attempted to destroy the very bridge they are standing on based on information he was given by a Federal scout posing as a Confederate soldier....   [tags: Bierce Occurence Owl Creek Bridge Essays]

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Ambrose Bierce

- There are many authors throughout history whose influences and accomplishments have been overlooked. Ambrose Bierce is among them. Bierce, like Edgar Allan Poe before him, played an essential part in the development of the short story. He was also like Poe in that he was a master of "brevity in horror" (Kunitz 77). Although most people today only know of Bierce's fame as a short story writer because of stories like "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge", he was also known for his criticism and satire while he was alive....   [tags: American Literature]

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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce Analytical Paper

- “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true” (Kierkegaard)- Misleading oneself by accepting things as true or valid when they are not is a common phenomenon of nearly every human being, especially when faced with life changing of threatening situations. Self-deception can therefore be considered an option to escape reality in order to prevent oneself from dealing with the weight of a situation. Basically, those strong influencing psychological forces keep us from acknowledging a threatening situation or truth....   [tags: time, symbol, illusion]

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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce

- Reading and understanding literature is not as easy as it sounds. Being able to dissect each piece of information and connect it to the overall theme of the story takes lots of rereading and critical thinking. Reading the story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” takes lots of critical thinking and understanding the literature in a different point of view than the average reader would. The theme of this particular story quickly came to mind after initially concluding the reading, the author is trying to convey that nobody can escape death and how thoughts in the mind are so substantial in the consciousness that it can take over the reality....   [tags: literary analysis, symbolism]

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Horror and Suspense in Bierce's Work

- Horror and Suspense in Bierce's Work A novel is divided into different chapters and usually has different plots to focus on. In a novel there are lots of characters and the time scale is constantly changing throughout. Because there is more than one theme and there are different messages coming across of combined themes, makes the novel denser and more complicated to understand and to take in all the description. Ambrose Bierce wrote a lot of short stories and some we have studied and analysed....   [tags: Ambrose Bierce Short Stories Writers Essays]

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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce

- An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce In "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge", we see the author, Ambrose Bierce, cleverly develop his short story through a masterful use of style, plot and theme. We must appreciate the use of these aspects, especially when we consider the amazing twist the story takes, and how perfectly this piece has been set up. First, we should look at the amazingly clear and crisp style Bierce uses to communicate his story so powerfully to the reader. Through his use of all five senses in the story, there is no doubting its reality....   [tags: Papers]

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The Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce

- The Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce Ambrose Bierce wrote "The Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" during the turn of the nineteenth to twentieth century. During this time period the two writing styles of romanticism, and realism were coming together. This melding of styles was a result of the romantic period of writing and art coming to an end, just at realism was beginning to gain popularity. "The Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" is a perfect example of this transition of styles as it combines elements of both romanticism and realism to create a story that can be far-fetched while still believable at times....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Summary]

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The Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, by Ambrose Bierce

- “The Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” by Ambrose Bierce tells the story of a man being executed. As the man dies he imagines his escape. Facing death, the man wants nothing more ten to go home to his family. During his journey home, the man comes to appreciate life. Perhaps he sees how he should have lived, only as a dying man could. When faced with death he truly begins to realize what he has lost. This story might show us how death can enlighten us about life. It is said that when you die your life passes before your eyes....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Ambrose Bierce’s Experience During the Civil War and Its Influence on His Writing

- In becoming a printers devil for a Northern Indianapolis Abolitionist Newspaper gave background for the interest in writing and the agreement in the Abolistionist view point. Heeding to the call to arms to help defend the North.,Bierce joined the Army The next four years were spent traveling the states fighting in some of the most well known battles of the Civil War . Ambrose Bierce’s experience during the Civil War where he faced the dangers of nature and man influenced his writing. After being struck in the head by a bullet during a battle, the recouperating time gave Bierce time to write calling on his actual war time memories and experiences to fuel the ideas for these tales....   [tags: Civil War]

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Literary Analysis : ' Chickamauga ' And ' An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge '

- Literary Analysis In both “Chickamauga” and “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” Ambrose Pierce paints vivid images of both fantasy and reality. It seems that Bierce’s goal is to ultimately display reality as clearly and harshly as possible, and this is done by contrasting reality with fantasy. In both stories, Bierce creates a somewhat nightmarish world, and although sprinkled with scenes of beauty, both end in tragedy. In the stories Bierce attempts to dash fantasies of a Romantic world view, and display the cold and unfair reality of the world....   [tags: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, Ambrose Bierce]

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Analysis Of ' An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge '

- ... This period of time in which we follow along in our minds seems to last through the day. In the end we find that the time was only in Farquhar 's head and was really only the last few seconds of his life as he saw it before the rope broke his neck. However, the hanging is not the most significant part of the story because Bierce 's third person narrator remains focused on the details of the perceived passing of the time rather than the action. Although the hanging is an action necessary to Farquhar 's experience, it remains in the shadows of the story, as we believe he escapes death and are drawn into his head to struggle with him towards home and freedom....   [tags: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, Ambrose Bierce]

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An Occurence At Owl Creek Bridge

- ...   With the Spanish-American war heating up, Editha wanted George to inlist, and she would be pleased. At first George was heasitent saying, “But war. Is it glorious to break the peace of the world?” (1492). After some persuasive talking from Editha and time for George to think, he decided to sign up. Having confidence in his decision, jokingly saying to his wife, “Well, you must call me Captain, now; or Cap” (1495). However, things were not going to end as Editha had hoped.    After writting several letters to George with little response, “the list of the killed, [was] telegraphed...was Gearson’s name” (1498)....   [tags: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, Ambrose Bierce]

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An Occurrence At Owl Creek

- ... Bierce used this to look at the character more than the plot. Then, the rope snaps and he escapes into the woods. We truly believe he escapes and is free and he can be with his family. Instead, Bierce put readers into Peyton’s head, we couldn’t concluded that from the text itself. It alters our idea of the story, the man is a hero in our mind. The readers feel like they are right there with him fighting off bullets. Until Bierce changes the perspective back to distant third person and we feel a sharp pain in the back of the neck....   [tags: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, Ambrose Bierce]

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Peyton Farquhar in An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge by Bierce Ambrose

- The Federal soldiers execute orders in “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”, which Ambrose Bierce (Ambrose 551) characterizes Peyton Farquhar’s impending demise as he encounter delusions, exemplifies profound keen senses, and experiences a perplexing fight-or-flight mental cognizance in an escape toward a perceived freedom, and nonetheless, remains a “standing civilian and a student in a hanging” (554). As Peyton Farquhar marches in the center of the line of federate executioners, subsequently, he stands on a plank with a noose around his neck, while the sun shone, the owls screech above, and single piece of driftwood floats by below....   [tags: freedom, hanging, demise]

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Analysis of The Red Room by H.G Wells, The Signalman by Charles Dickens, and An Arrest by Ambrose Bierce

- Analysis of The Red Room by H.G Wells, The Signalman by Charles Dickens, and An Arrest by Ambrose Bierce The Victorian era, spanning from 1830-1901, was a period of dramatic change with the rapid extension of colonialism through Africa, Asia and the West Indies making England a world power and relocating the perceived centre of western civilisation to London. Advances in industry, science, technology, architecture, medicine and travel were among these changes as well as the growing interest, among the masses, in the occult, supernatural and life....   [tags: Papers]

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Ambrose Bierces Ise of Flashbacks and the Supernatural in his Short Stories

- Ambrose Bierces Ise of Flashbacks and the Supernatural in his Short Stories AMBROSE BIERCE'S: USE OF FLASHBACKS AND THE SUPERNATURAL IN HIS SHORT STORIES Ambrose Bierce is known for using both flashbacks and the supernatural in his short stories "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" and "The Death of Haplin Frayser." Bierce was born on June 24, 1842, in House Cave Creek, Meigs County, Ohio. He also disappeared in Mexico while acting as an observer of that country's civil war in January 1, 1914....   [tags: essays papers]

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Ambrose Bierces’ An Occurence At Owl Creek Bridge

- Ambrose Bierces’ Story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”      Ambrose Bierces’ story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” tells the story of a confederate secessionist, who is being hanged by Union troops. At the time of the hanging, the soldiers drop him from the bridge. Luckily, just as he falls the rope snaps and the man dives into the “sluggish stream”. He miraculously takes off his ropes and swims away. When he reaches the bank of the creek, he runs for what seems like forever. He finally reaches home, where his family is waiting so anxiously for him....   [tags: Occurence Owl Creek Bridge Bierces Essays]

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A Comparison of House of Usher, Bierce's Beyond the Wall, The Black Cat, John Mortonson's Funeral

- Parallels in Poe's House of Usher and Bierce's Beyond the Wall, Poe’s The Black Cat and Bierce's John Mortonson's Funeral, and in M.S. Found in a Bottle by Poe and Three and One are One by Bierce.       When one decides to become an author, one can not help being influenced by his predecessors, causing some of one's work to reflect and echo the predecessor's. Such is the case between Ambrose Bierce and his predecessor, Edgar Allen Poe. Excluding the obvious fact that both Poe's and Bierce's short stories show an attraction for death in its many forms, depictions of mental deteriorations, supernatural happenings, and ghostly manifestations, there are other similarities and parallels....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge

- Ambrose Bierce's "An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge" seems to have been written to skillfully play with the minds of its readers. The ending of "An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge" can prompt the question, "What just happened?" Present becomes the past, gets lost in a sort of dream world and then comes back to the present sense again. Bierce's infamous character Peyton Farquhar is known to raise eyebrows just by the mention of his name. Farquhar's grizzly end was due to a clever disguise by a Federal Scout, but exactly how clever was it....   [tags: Ann Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge Ambose Bierce R]

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Ambrose. Ambrose 's Article On Moral Issues

- ... He further explains that the poor is not really the poor, because the Lord hears their cries. He tells that faith is far precious than “Silver and Gold”, having these riches could lead to pollution of one’s faith (Wogaman 49). Ambrose gives the scripture Philippian 2:9, “I am rich enough in the name of Jesus. He probes on how if one desires to be “rich, you must become poor, and then you will be rich in all things, if you are poor in spirit. Not property, but in spirit, makes one rich” ( Wogaman 49)....   [tags: God, Jesus, Augustine of Hippo, Christianity]

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`` Kind Hearted ' By Keith Ambrose

- ... From there, he married a girl named Valerie and they had a child together before they divorced not long after. Later, Keith started working with the Scottish Opera on their soundboard and lights which is where he met the woman he wishes he married: Janice Cairns. Though they did not work out, the break up gave Keith the ability to travel, he first went to France and later Sweden, where he met another woman, Annika Helker, yet this also did not work out. But, another significant event took place in Sweden when Keith sustained a career ending injury in a rugby game-- his right shoulder was dislocated and half of his face was broken....   [tags: United States, United Kingdom]

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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge: Literary Realism

- There has been much examination of the more popular terms used in American literature, such as romanticism and classicism, but little examination done on literary realism. Despite realism being mostly ignored in the late nineteenth century, it has now become commonplace in American literature. Although An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce does offer some examples of literary realism in its verisimilitude of detail and idealism, there were also many instances of fantastical imagery and an unrealistic sense of time, which is contradictory to literary realism....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by A. Bierce

- Short store by A. Bierce An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge is a third person narrative. This type of narrative is generally perceived as objective and trustworthy. By choosing such point of view the writer creates the world that does not depend on the opinion or evaluation of the author. The narrator does not distort reality using the power of his imagination. In the story the narrator is a dispassionate witness observing destiny in action. However, describing certain scenes the narrator seems to be hesitating and failing to understand what is happening....   [tags: imagination, emotion, farmer]

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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

- “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridgeâ€. Ambrose Bierce weaves a tale of intrigue and captivation, by using shifts of voice and time in the story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridgeâ€?. In the first four paragraphs, Bierce begins the story using third person, and in this point of view, he creates reality. We can view the situation and all aspects while it is written in third person; we know precisely what is going on, we know it is real. Near the end of the fourth paragraph, the author shifts cleverly from third person to limited omniscient....   [tags: essays research papers]

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D-Day by Stephen E. Ambrose

- ... Then Ambrose discusses the numerous briefings that the troops underwent before the invasion was even launched and then he writes about the process behind General Eisenhower’s deciding to launch the invasion. Once that actual invasion begins, Ambrose uses oral history accounts from men on both Utah Beach and Omaha Beach to tell the story of how the day progressed. The end of the book is taken up with the British and Canadians on Gold Beach and Sword Beach, as well as the actions of the British airborne units....   [tags: normandy landings, allied armada]

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Chickamauga; Editha: Tales of Anti-Romanticism

- For many, war has quite an ugly face, yet there are those who seem to view war through rose petal spectacles, hear of its successes in lullabies and speak of its necessity with words dripping with honey. During the eighteenth century, a burgeoning art of literature took hold on the populace, it colored reality in such a manner that one would “fall in love” with it – Romanticism, a term loosely applied to literary and artistic movements of the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, Romanticism is: A literary, artistic, and philosophical movement originating in the 18th century, characterized chiefly by a reaction against neoclassicism and an emp...   [tags: literary, artistic movements, literature]

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Analysis of An Occurrence at Owl Creek

- ... The structure of the story, helps to show the significance of the power of imagination in life. Bierce used structure to help influence this idea, to help reader to understand the main character’s problem in the context of the story. At the beginning of the story, the main character Peyton Farquhar, is shown on a bridge. Peyton, according to the text, “stood upon a railroad bridge in northern Alabama, looking down into the swift water twenty feet below” (83). From the opening sentence, Bierce has definitely grabbed the readers’ attention....   [tags: civil war, power, imagination]

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Deception in "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge"

- Ambrose Bierce's short story An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge tells a story during the American Civil War. Peyton Farquhar, an ardent supporter of the South, would be hanged at the Owl Creek bridge by the Federal army for attempting to damage the bridge to prevent the advance of the northern troops. As the execution was carried out, Farquhar fell into a fantasy where he thought the rope broke and he was going on his way to an escape. However, after "hours of arduous journey to life"--which only amounted to a few seconds in reality--Farquhar only reached his inevitable destiny--a death with a broken neck....   [tags: American Literature]

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Stephen Ambrose's To America: Personal Reflections of an Historian

- Living from 1936 to 2002, Ambrose published many great historical works. Perhaps his greatest work was finished months before he passed away, as he finished writing one of his last books, To America: Personal Reflections of an Historian. This book was his final goodbye to the country he so dearly loved. The topics he covers in this book range from the beginning of the Founding Fathers to World War Two to the turn of the millennium. Throughout his life, he was always fascinated with militaries and war....   [tags: book content analysis]

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Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose

- Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose I. Authors Background Stephen Ambrose was born in 1936 and grew up in Whitewater, Wisconsin, a small town where his father was the M.D. At the University of Wisconsin, he started as a pre-med, but inspired by a great professor he changed his major to History. After getting his M.A. degree at Louisiana State University, he returned to the University of Wisconsin to complete a Ph.D. Ambrose began teaching at the University of New Orleans. He started as a Civil War historian but changed to political history after President Eisenhower asked him to become his biographer....   [tags: American History]

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Nothing Like It in the World by Stephen E. Ambrose

- ... This was very little compared to the amount paid to the white workers. The theme of race relations is also significant in Ambrose’s book. For instance, the book indicates incidences of poor race relation between the Irish and the Chinese immigrants. They often reacted to each other with hostility. For examples, he describes that the Irish scorned the Chinese immigrants and sometimes attacked them with pick handles. They also frequently ambushed the Chinese laborers with heavy powder that badly injured the Chinese....   [tags: First American Transcontinental Railroad]

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MG Ambrose E. Burnside: An Analysis of Mission Command

- A Southern refugee once reflected, and referred to the Army of the Potomac as the “greatest army in the planet.” Although this is a clear exaggeration, from a Southern perspective following the Battle of Antietam, this was not too far off. Relative to the Army of Northern Virginia, the Federal army was vastly larger, in better spirits, and strategically in better positions. To direct this army of great potential, President Lincoln appointed the reluctant Major General Ambrose Everett Burnside. Almost immediately after receiving command, Burnside adopted a plan; the objective was Richmond....   [tags: Army of the Potomac, Battle of Fredericksburg]

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The Fall Of The House Of Usher

- ... The best and only way Searing thinks he is able to control his fear is by comparing his unusual situation to something familiar. Thus, he thinks of that time, in Missionary Ridge, when he was able to step aside an enemy’s bullet (Bierce 5), and he recall that he is “somewhat familiar with the aspect of rifles” (Bierce 5), as it is a soldier’s business. Since he cannot move, the only thing Searing can do is think…and the only thing he can think about is the gun pointed at his forehead. Therefore, the rifle becomes an obsession for Searing....   [tags: Edgar Allan Poe, The Fall of the House of Usher]

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Oh the Irony!

- The use of irony is widely applied today in our films, conversations, and literature. Irony can be helpful in the aspect of literature when depicting between illusion and reality. In “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce and in “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, there are examples that can be seen of how irony is used in stories. “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” is a story of a man by the name of Peyton Farquhar. This man is involuntarily at Owl Creek Bridge waiting to be hanged but before passing away, he envisioned himself escaping his death and seeing his family....   [tags: reality, sin, dream]

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A Fine Line Between Fantasy and Fiction

- A Fine Line Between Fantasy and Fiction Metafiction defines fictional writing which self-consciously and systematically draws attention to its status as an artifact in order to pose questions about the relationship between fiction and reality (Waugh 2). Metafiction, a term used loosely across many genres of fictions, gives the idea of fiction as, concepts with the intention of going beyond the familiar or presumed reality (Hembree 1). Using metafiction to describe a works allows for usage along a full spectrum of ideas....   [tags: Papers]

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A Closer Look at the Relation Between Oedipus the King and An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

- A Closer Look at the Relation Between Oedipus the King and An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce is a 19th Century mystery story that is set at the time of the American Civil War (1861-1865), when the Slave owning Confederate States in the South engaged in conflict with the Federal Government of the USA. The story focuses on a character called Peyton Farquhar, who was about to be hung for trespassing the Owl Creek Bridge....   [tags: Papers]

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National Relations and Mental Side Effects of War

- One word that is easily translated in any language, a word that when heard causes a spark of fear in all, War. That single word holds enough power within itself to bring a nation to its very knees and even makes some men question their standpoint on reality. War has been known to distribute the harshest amount of fear among the world; the death count for America’s soldiers from 1775 to 1991 have reached over a 1.3 million and America has provided millions and millions of dollars for each war that has occurred....   [tags: world history]

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Point of View on the Cask Bridge

- In the minds of many, legendary director Alfred Hitchcock’s infamous shower scene in the 1960 classic Psycho brought the phrase “point of view” into the language of the general public. What most do not realize is that those in the many spectrums of entertainment have been taking full advantage of the benefits brought on by an audience being dealt a limited field of vision for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Prior to the advent of film and theater, the best place to find this method in use was literature....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Fine Line between Fantasy and Reality

- Metafiction is a term given to fictional writing which self-consciously and systematically draws attention to its status as an artifact in order to pose questions about the relationship between fiction and reality (Waugh 2). Metafiction is a term used loosely across many genres of fictions. Using metafiction, to describe a works allows usage along a full spectrum of ideas. From this concept, many short stories, and other works of fiction have been produced. Authors like Ambrose Bierce, an innovator of experimental fiction, are highly criticized for taking on projects using this writing style....   [tags: American Literature]

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America's Foreign Policy: Rise to Globalism by Stephen E. Ambrose

- Rise to Globalism is a fascinating summary of America's foreign policy from World War II to the Gulf War. Stephen E. Ambrose, earned his history Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and he is a very talented author. Rise to Globalism was published by Penguin Books Inc. in 1993 in New York. The book gives the readers an idea of why America and the rest of the world were communicating, ordered in consecutive order and by U.S. presidents. In this novel, Stephen E. Ambrose and Douglas G. Brinkley covered an extensive topic in a fairly short book....   [tags: history, world war I]

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Farquhar’s Alternate Realities as a Means of Escape

- An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce is the story of Peyton Farquhar, a thirty-five year old successful Southern planter, who longs for the glory of a soldier’s service to prove the courage that he possesses. His story is told through three sections. In section I, Farquhar is standing upon the edge of Owl Creek Bridge waiting to be hanged. Farquhar closes his eyes to think about his wife and children, but he is distracted by a metallic sound which turns out to be the ticking of his watch....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Styles of An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge versus The Tell Tale Heart

- The authors, Ambrose Bierce of 'An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge' and Edger Allan Poe of 'The Tell Tale Heart' have unique styles to pull the reader into the story. Both authors use unreliable narrator and imagery to allow the reader to picture and follow the narrator's way of thinking. In the Tell Tale Heart, the man is very repetitious and his psychotic behavior is what intrigues the overall dark madness of The Tell Tale Heart. In Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge Bierce uses illusions to allow the reader to follow wherever his ideas lead which also intrigues the overall dark madness effect....   [tags: essays research papers]

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OLD GRINGO

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COL Prescott’s Command in the Battle of Breed’s Hill

- The award-winning novel by Stephen Ambrose, Band of Brothers: Easy Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest, discusses one of the greatest examples of mission command in the form of 1st Lieutenant Richard Winters and his role in the Brecourt Manor Assault. This battle is a textbook example of how to fight against a superior enemy force that outnumbered the unit by four times as much. Facing overwhelming odds with just 16 paratroopers against over 60 German Soldiers, 1LT Winters nevertheless prevails and succeeds in achieving his objective while minimizing casualties to just three Soldiers lost....   [tags: Band of Brothers, Stephen Ambrose]

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Reverend Ambrose and Grant Wiggins in A Lesson Before Dying

- Suffering through the horrors of racism, black Americans appear to have no chance of progression in society.  Generation after generation of being uneducated and treated like animals has left the black community in shambles, and thinking they are not as good as the whites.  In the 1940's it was difficult to find a black man who could read and write. The black man's illiteracy caused them to believe that they were less civilized than the whites.  In Ernest Gaines' A Lesson Before Dying, we are introduced to Jefferson, an uneducated, average black man who has been wrongly accused of a murder.  Convinced that he is an animal, Jefferson is going to be taught by Reverend Ambrose and Grant Wiggins...   [tags: A Lesson Before Dying Essays]

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An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge: A Manipulation of Time

- An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge Essay An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge: Present-Past-Present Ambrose Bierce’s An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, which is a short story released in 1890, gained much popularity over the years. It is most famous for it’s manipulation of time. Though the events in the book only take seconds, the story is over eight pages long. Time seems to slow for the man in the noose and at the same time speed up for the reader. In this way, Bierce presents his manipulation of time in the story....   [tags: Literature Review]

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St. Augustine 's ' The Confessions '

- ... Augustine cared more about himself then the almighty ruler, God. Augustine’s sin stemmed from a lack of faith, for time and time again Augustine sought out varying religions only to become more confused each time: Augustine attempted to join the Manichean faith, a Gnostic cult; however, realized that much of this faith was built upon lies simply defended by reiterations of the same point continuously, lacking the ability to answer his biblical questions. Augustine wanted a strong faith that created security in his life and answered questions about his life....   [tags: Augustine of Hippo, God, Jesus, Ambrose]

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Irony as an Instrument

- Irony as an Instrument Its 7:09 am and Olivia is woken up by a wetness between her legs. She looks down and finds that the wetness is actually her water that broke. She anxiously wakes up her husband John, and the two of them quickly gather their things. After nine long months of waiting, John and Olivia are finally on their way to the hospital to welcome their first child into the world. The two have already chosen Jacob Alexander as the baby's name and have the nursery ready for him at home....   [tags: Ironic Irony Essays]

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The Journey of Human Life

- ... Phoenix says, “‘Ghost,’ she said sharply, ‘who be you the ghost of. For I have heard of nary death close by” (Welty 315). This shows that she is imagining things in her own way by thinking that death may have come for her. The ghost may also be considered the bringer of death and she is not ready for it. When Phoenix reaches the city and is questioned about her grandson’s health she states, “My grandson. It was my memory had left me. There I sat and forgot why I made my long trip” (Welty 318)....   [tags: phoenix jackson, physical and spiritual journey]

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The army of the potomac

- The Army of the Potomac was in a state of disarray and had suffered yet another embarrassing loss to the outnumbered, ill-equipped, and starving Army of Northern Virginia. General Ambrose Burnside had replaced General George McClellan as the Commander of the Army of the Potomac and was using the Battle of Fredericksburg to destroy the Confederates. However, General Burnside was to do the exact opposite of his intent, after suffering great losses crossing the Rappahannock River General Burnside refused to give in and sent wave after wave of Union troops up the long hill to Marye’s Heights....   [tags: american history, general ambrose burnside]

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Contrasting Themes

- Contrasting Themes. When has one ever seen a film that could compare to the words written in the book. Movies are almost always different, almost always never compare, and almost always have a different premise than that expressed by a novel. The reason, one wonders, is because you have to keep the audience interested. Ambrose Bierce’s short story and Robert Enrico’s film adaptation entitled, “An Occurrence on Owl Creek Bridge,” is a great example of differing themes in a piece of work. In the entry, evident themes include: reality verses imagination and deception, war, death and dying, and time....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Perceptions in An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge and The Story of an Hour

- Perceptions in An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge and The Story of an Hour In "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" and "The Story of an Hour," the authors use similar techniques to create different tones, which in turn illicit very distinct reactions from the reader. Both use a third person narrator with a limited omniscient point of view to tell of a brief, yet significant period of time. In "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," Bierce uses this method to create an analytical tone to tell the story of Farquhar's experience just before death....   [tags: Papers]

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Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge

- Out of all the stories I have read in class so far, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce, has touched me most. When I first began reading the story I felt as though I was not interested, because my assumptions of what the story was going to be about were completely different than the stories actual content. As I set aside my judgment and let myself try to enjoy the story, I found myself anxiously reading to the bitter end. This story was not only interesting and unique, but also had an added twist at the end, which surprised most readers....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Naturalism and Realism

- Beginning in the late 19th century, two separate movements spread across America know as realism and naturalism. While the two were very similar in their beliefs and ideals there were still many apparent distinctions to differentiate the two. Realism and naturalism showed themselves in many aspects of life, from art and sciences to new math techniques and even religion. However, above all else these movements may have been most evident in the literature of this time. Reading through American literature of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it becomes perceptible which short stories portray realism and which represent nationalism....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Philosophy]

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Survived By His Wife and Children

- Peyton Farquhar is the main character in Ambrose Bierce’s An Occurrence at Owl Creek, a narrative about Farquhar’s eventual hanging for his support of the confederate army during the civil war. The fractured nature of the narrative allows the plot to culminate at a one point where the final connection is made. Peyton Farquhar’s eventual death allows for a window into his final moments on earth as a living being. Moving through his mind alongside him as he escapes death and makes his way through the woods to his wife and children illustrates Farquhar’s unwavering faithfulness to his family, even when facing death....   [tags: Literature Review]

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The Effects of the Civil War on the United States

- ... ​For some people, the Civil War greatly affected their families. In “Letter to Sarah Ballou,” we get an insight on a realistic style of writing. Major Sullivan Ballou puts his deep thoughts and beliefs into his letter to his wife: “And I am willing-perfectly willing-to lay down all my joys in this life, to help maintain this Government, and to pay that debt…” (498). This shows us how Major Sullivan put his deep thoughts and emotions into his decision to fight for the Union. It is also a prime example of the realism style of writing....   [tags: American history]

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The Old Gringo by Carlos Fuentes

- The Old Gringo by Carlos Fuentes      The Old Gringo is a fiction novel written by one of Latin America's most renowned and eloquent authors, Carlos Fuentes. Filled with war, adventure, love and more, this novel takes you back to the Mexican revolution fought in 1912. This contemporary fiction is based on many themes found and experienced by the main characters in this novel. The relationship between Mexico and the United States, the drive to find one's true self and the different ways two men need a woman are only a few themes contained in this story....   [tags: Old Gringo Carlos Fuentes Essays]

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What is Considered Beautiful?

- ... Beauty exists in the uniqueness or the unique features of an object or idea. If everything conformed to one standard, then nothing would stand out. Nothing would be considered special or beautiful. Beauty is quality that can be attributed to unique features that will stand apart from the conformity. Despite many examples in the world that support this definition of beauty in uniqueness, the perceptions of beauty in different cultures are changing. Westernization and the impact of popular culture are influencing people’s perceptions of the standard of beauty....   [tags: anorexia, plastic surgery]

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Peyton Farquar in The Occurance at Owl Creek Bridge

- How many people would truly die for another person. Or harder yet, die for a cause. Many would say no, the task is too difficult, it’s too much to ask a person to do. And who can blame those who believe that. After all, death is absolutely final and irreversible, to die for an idea might seem like a complete impossibility. But there are a selective few who would bravely do what they believe right, even when the consequences may be terrible. Rosa Parks is an amazing example of standing up for the cause....   [tags: Martyrdom, Charachter Analysis]

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The Red Badge of Courage, by Stephen Crane

- In the novel of “The Red Badge of Courage”, the author, Stephen Crane used Henry Fleming to be his subject for how situational surrounding can affect one’s behaviors and characters. Throughout Crane’s novel, he managed to prove that war can have a big effect on people. he used protagonist, Henry Fleming, to support his belief of war thoroughly with details of battles, Henry’s actions during battles and the scenes of dead people. Stephen Crane wrote, “He imagined some strange voice would come from the dead throat and squawk after him in horrible menaces” (Crane 60)....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Naturalism, Realism]

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The Hidden Truth in Fiction

- The Hidden Truth in Fiction “No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and is misunderstood now” (Richard Nixon). This quote said by Richard Nixon was directed toward everyone in the United States involved in relaying the events of Vietnam back to the U.S. It showed how almost no one was able to describe any realistic detail of the event, except for Tim O’Brien. A student at Macalester College, Tim O’Brien was heavily involved in various antiwar protests, such as war protests and several peace vigils (“The Things They Carried…” 318)....   [tags: American History, Vietnam War]

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The Psychological Labyrinth in Owl Creek Bridge, Yellow Wallpaper, and Garden of Forking Paths

- The Psychological Labyrinth in Owl Creek Bridge, Yellow Wallpaper, and Garden of Forking Paths    For millennia, the labyrinth has been used as a sacred tool for spiritual enlightenment.   Sometimes called a "divine imprint" because of its prevalence combined with its unknown origin,   the labyrinth provides a "transcendent experience of connection and clarity" ("What is a Laby-   rinth") through the act of walking the winding paths to its center. Unlike a maze, which has dead   ends and trick turns, the labyrinth has only a single path leading to and from the center; the   principle of the labyrinth is such that a person must traverse every inch of space before reaching   his/h...   [tags: Occurrence Owl Creek Bridge Essays]

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Short Story Writers

- Short Story Writers "And then I woke up."Thus goes the kind of "trick ending" that every first year writing student is told to avoid, a mark of cheap theatrics and poor craftsmanship.Historically, this kind of ending is often associated with Guy de Maupassant, the prolific French writer of the 19th century, or his 20th century American heir apparent, O. Henry (William S. Porter).In this well researched and at moments insightful book, Richard Fusco argues that Maupassant's bad rap as first and foremost the inventor and disseminator of the "trick ending" is undeserved.What Fusco feels Maupassant does deserve is recognition as perhaps the single most important influence on American short story...   [tags: Writers Literature Fusco Essays]

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