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Ambrose Bierce

In The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, Vol. II: In the Midst of Life: Tales of Soldiers and Civilians, Ambrose Bierce communicates with his readers about how death, not knowing whether life is certain, and how specific views effects a soldier in war by explaining the horrible deaths and endings of the soldiers lives. Even though war is often portrayed as soldiers risking their lives as an act of bravery and that it should be glorious, Bierce really shows the dark side to how soldiers really die...

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Analysis of Bierce

Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (born June 24, 1842; assumed to have died sometime after December 26, 1913) was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist, and satirist. He wrote the short story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" and compiled a satirical lexicon The Devil's Dictionary. His vehemence as a critic, his motto "Nothing matters", and the sardonic view of human nature that informed his work, all earned him the nickname "Bitter Bierce". Despite his reputation as a searing...

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Ambrose Berce

Kassey Benton Period 6 Term Paper. In The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce: Volume 2 by Ambrose Bierce, the author explains to the reader the adjustment a soldier has to make when dealing with war, by showing the way their lives have changed, the tolls it takes on the families they are leaving behind, and the physiological effect of the war. Ambrose Bierce demonstrates the adjustment a soldier has to make by explaining their life before the war and what it was like during the war. Most of...

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Archetype Analysis of “an Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" by Ambrose Bierce

all have our own way of coping with the notion that there is an expiration date on our lives, may it be through grievance and fear, or with boldness and aspiration for what is to become of us afterwards. “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce uses the situational archetype of facing death, as well as the anti-villain and scapegoat character archetypes, to illustrate mans’ perspective on the passing of life and coming to death in times of danger and misfortune. The story takes place...

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Sleep and Bierce

Chickamauga In the story Chickamauga Ambrose Bierce uses the narrator to tell the story through the eyes of the boy. The reader gets to know the protagonist through the narrator who the author uses to reveal some of the characters directly through disturbing details and others indirectly by describing the reaction of the character to certain situations. The boy in the story is the protagonist. The author introduces you to the boy in the begining of the story. Biecre lets you know the boy is...

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Realism

expression through dialogue. Ambrose Bierce, through the use of his short story, illustrates that events can happen in American society day in and day out regardless of perception. American Realism erupted during the 1865-1910 time period, the era following the civil war. Ambrose Bierce, the author of the short story, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”, is a realist author who was prior a Union officer.(Painter) Through this life changing experience Ambrose Bierce had near death experiences and...

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Unreliable Narrator Essay

there is something beyond us. Two widely known gothic literature authors and their works are “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allen Poe, and “ An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce. Poe and Bierce not only write gothic literature, but both authors utilize unreliable narrators in their works to their advantage. Poe and Bierce had different intentions for the effect of the unreliable narrator on their audiences. Poe’s unreliable narrator constantly switches back and forth between reality and fantasy...

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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

In the short story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" by Ambrose Bierce, the story starts by immediately drawing the reader in, showcasing Bierce's vast knowledge of literary skills: "A man stood upon a railroad bridge in northern Alabama, looking down into the swift water twenty feet below. The man's hands were behind his back, the wrists bound with a cord," (Bierce, 1). Bierce fought in the Civil War, which inspired his collection of macabre Civil War based stories. "An Occurrence at Owl Creek...

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Reality, Can It Be?

only he knows exactly, what it is’” (Bierce 11). The statement being a student of hanging by Peyton referred that he was a hangman but in reality he is the one that is hanged. Hanging is not the outcome Mr. Farquhar had in mind. There are some examples of dramatic irony in “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”. For example, Peyton Farquhar dreams of greater glory on the battlefield, rather than from the more "humble" duty of spying for the Confederacy (Bierce 71). Farquhar is deceived by the Southern...

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“an Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”

10-19-2010 “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” “As he is about to clasp her he feels a stunning blow upon the back of the neck; a blinding white light blazes all around him with a sound like the shock of a cannon—then all is darkness and silence”. Ambrose Bierce has a unique way of captivating reader’s attention and it is perfectly shown in his short story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”. The story tells about a man in southern Alabama during the Civil War, which is about to be hanged by a group...

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