This Short story by Ambrose Bierce is excellent in terms with the plot, sense of time and descriptive writing. After reading the story what I favor most about this story is the use of time and how it keeps the reader interested from the start to the end with its imagery and exquisite description.
In the beginning, the outlook appears to be dark as the main character Peyton Farquhar, is being hanged. “The man's hands were behind his back, the wrists bound with a cord. A rope closely encircled his neck. It was attached to a stout cross-timber above his head and the slack feel to the level of his knees.” The writer describes the surroundings with the soldiers, the bridge, and even the creek below. From the beginning the events leading up to the hanging give a case of anxiety and the undoubtedly end of Peyton. But right as the noose gets tight the story goes immediately into a flashback. This allows us to see his background and how he came into the position that he is in at Owl Creek Bridge. The flashback is vital in painting a picture of Peyton’s daydream, which as soon as it becomes real to the reader it stops bringing us back to reality. Peyton then slips into an illusion. “He opened his eyes in the darkness and saw above him a gleam of light, but how distant, how inaccessible! He was still sinking, for the light became fainter and fainter until it was a mere glimmer.” Through Peyton's imaginary escape and evading of his captors, the beauty of nature is bestowed upon the reader in a sense of time that would in most cases not be applicable. This is where time plays an important role and helps develop the story and allows the reader to experience and feel as if they are a part of the story. Peyton manages to fall into the stream and begins his escape. During the time of this escape he tries vigorously to evade death, Things taken for granted in our normal day life have exploded into great detail through Bierce's descriptive writing, “He saw the very...
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