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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce Essay

  • Submitted by: drkdisturbance
  • on October 17, 2013
  • Category: Miscellaneous
  • Length: 533 words

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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce

          The story takes place during the Civil War in Northern Alabama on a bridge called Owl Creek Bridge in the early morning.   The key characters in the story to me are the Sergeant who is standing on one end of the plank, the Captain who really holds Peyton’s life in his hands because he can either give the order for the Sergeant to step off or decide to let Peyton go, and Peyton Farquhar a highly respected farmer who believed he was doing what was best for those on his side of the bridge.   The conflict of the story is that the Yankee army is rebuilding railroads that will allow them to advance into the South and there is no one there that can stop them except a farmer with the courage to try to do whatever he can to help stop them.

          The key point in the story to me is when Peyton falls through the boards and believes that the rope has snapped and he ends up in the water.   I believe that the author is showing us what could have happened if luck had been on Peyton’s side.   Even though Peyton has lived through the hanging he is now faced with more obstacles, trying to get himself free of the ropes binding his hands so that he can rid himself of the noose before he drowns.   We are able to feel what he felt the noose still strangling him while he sinks, the fight and strength that it takes to break the bindings to save himself.   Once he over comes that obstacle he still has to swim away from the soldiers without being shot not only by guns but by cannons.   The authors writing was able to make me imagine what it would be like to be stuck swimming for my life while bullets and cannons fired at me with little hope of escaping before being hit.   Then after surviving a hanging, guns, and cannons he is then thrown into the woods where he has to find his way home with no water, no food, and no rest.   When he finally returns home it brings a sense of happiness that he’s been so lucky that he beat...

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