The conventional belief is that anyone facing imminent death uses his or her final moment to think about those who mean the most in his or her life. While this is nearly impossible confirm, it seems that the overwhelming finality of death would render any subsequent...
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... from his family, is not present in his construction. The plot of the narrative is not in chronological order. Therefore, the fate of the person is evident before his true character is revealed. The evidence for this claim is apparent in Farquhar’s last thoughts before being hanged by the Union army. Also, his motivation, to return to his wife and children, further makes this argument clear. Lastly, the thirty miles Farquhar travels after being so close to death proves further that his dedication to family surpasses his instinct. The realistic construct of a reality in which Farquhar escapes and is reunited with his family illustrates abiding desire for the most meaningful part of his life, his family.
Bierce, Ambrose. “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.” The Norton Anthology of American Literature. Ed. Nina Baym. New York: Norton, 2008. 300-306.
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