English 11 H.
23 January 2015
Literary Techniques in “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” Bierce creates suspense throughout the story, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.” Throughout the story he uses methods such as flashbacks, narration, and the feelings of Farquhar. He uses different techniques such as imagery, arrangement, and plot elements to help create this suspense. Then finally realizing at the end he has been dead the whole time. The use of imagery helps build up the tension progressing throughout story. While drowning in the water Farquhar’s hands pull off the noose and he declares, “disobedient hands” (511 ). Farquhar’s hands pulled off the noose, showing that he does not have control over the situation. This event is one of the major hints towards enfolding he is actually dead. Throughout the story Farquhar’s senses are heightened. Farquhar makes it to land and he perceives the sand as diamonds and rubies though he is imagining it. The imagery of the sluggish stream and the dancing driftwoods switches the point of view from omniscient to limited person. This affirms his change from reality to fantasy state of mind. From beginning to end, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” is arranged in a particular way. First, it begins with Farquhar, a innocent man, about to be hung for a unknown reasons. Bierce’s makes the reader sympathetic towards an assumed honest man and his main goal is getting to know the characters. Then, when Farquhar falls between the ties. The reader begins to learn his background and who he is, which drives the suspense even more.
The plot elements throughout the story are of high excitement which builds up the adrenaline in the reader. The senses heighten with all the events that happen. “...encompassed in a luminous cloud of which he was now merely the fiery heart, without material substance..” ...
Cited: Bierce, Ambrose.
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
. Champaign, Ill.: Project Gutenberg,
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