Compare and Contrast of Owl Creek, Bad Boy, and to Light a Fire

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Compare and Contrast of Owl Creek, Bad Boy, and to Light a Fire

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I have just read three great stories by Jack London, Mark Twain, and Ambrose Bierce. I have heard of the first two and I have read stories by both, but Ambrose Bierce is new to me. I think that Ambrose Bierce's story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek" caught me off guard and I was upset at first, but I am really starting to like this story the best. All three stories have interesting themes, settings, and definitely conflicts. The three stories I read were "To Build a Fire" by Jack London, "Story of the Bad Little Boy" by Mark Twain, and "An Occurrence at Owl Creek" by Ambrose Bierce, and I will be writing about the themes, setting and conflicts.

One of my favorite stories of all time is "To Build a Fire" by Jack London. I was really excited when I found out we were going to be writing about this story. One of the main themes of this story that man can live a lonely life which is subject to many forces of nature and an underlying theme is that man is trying to find meaning in his existence. It also is a moral story never think you are too big and bad to ask for help especially in the Alaskan wilderness. This is my first time reading Ambrose Bierce but I like his writing style he is very descriptive kind of like Dean Koontz. Bierce's story starts in media res, and theme in Bierce's story is dream vs. reality. The theme develops in Farquhar's dream of escape this takes up a huge chunk of the story. The details of the story make it seem that he is actually escaping, but in the end you figure out that it is only a dream that passed through Farquhar's mind in mere seconds. Mark Twain's "Story of the Bad Little Boy" is good, but I didn't like this story as much as I liked the first two stories I think that's because Twain writes sarcastically and the outcome isn't what you expect. The central theme for "Story of the Bad Little Boy" is this bad kid who gets away with everything and he grows up to be a rotten adult who eventually kills his family and becomes a senator....

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