Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge Approach
Ambrose Bierce, the author of the short story “An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge” used his own life experiences to create successful and expressive writing. The time period in which Bierce lived had a significant influence on his writing. Bierce’s experiences fighting the front lines in the civil war are brought out in his writings and short stories. The historic time period, in which Bierce placed the setting of “Owl Creek Bridge”, is very significant and creates a successful historic approach. Bierce tells "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" in the third person point of view. In turn the reader has limited knowledge and understanding of situations taking place. Bierce’s third person point of view, historical setting, and theme of death, brands “An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge” as a successful short story. The third person point of view affects the story in a number of ways. One since the reader’s knowledge is limited; it is difficult to fully understand what the main character “Peyton Farquhar’s” is experiencing and the reasons behind his hanging. Bierce is the only person who knows how Peyton Farquhar thinks feels. Two, since he does not let the reader into the minds of the characters a sense of mystery is created. By the end of the story, Bierce seems both reliable and unreliable, he reveals that Farquhar is dead, but we also know that he imagined an escape. By introducing the reader to two different scenarios, Peyton being hung, and Peyton escaping into his wife’s arms, Bierce creates confusion for the reader. This third person approach enables Bierce’s story come to life and creates an interesting perspective. Bierce’s use of setting and historic time period in, “An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge”, enables this story to be viewed time and time again. The Civil War relates back to our American roots, it is a piece of history that every American has learned about and is the reason why America is known as...
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