An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge Analysis Essay

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“An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge” Everyone in life needs to think of the good things in life as they go through tough times. Our world always has developing stories on the news about shootings and people dying, and in Ambrose Bierce’s “An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge” Peyton Farquhar wants to die. Farquhar has a tough life and a job that he doesn’t like. When he finds the bridge, he knows that it is the perfect place to be hung and the bridge is like a stage to do that. So, in the last moments of his life he disconnects himself from his physical body. In “An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge,” Bierce uses the bridge and driftwood to symbolize Peyton’s thoughts and feeling about his death. Bierce uses descriptive language throughout the story to link Farquhar's feelings to what is actually happening. By linking the bridge to Farquhar's death, it helps to describe what Peyton is thinking. In the beginning the figurative language is used to show what was happening to Peyton Farquhar. “His features were good--a straight nose, firm mouth, broad forehead, from which his long, dark hair was combed straight back, falling behind his ears to the collar of his well-fitting frock coat. He wore a mustache and pointed beard, but no whiskers; his eyes were large and dark…show more content…
Just thinking of the thoughts and feelings of death, doesn’t make anyone to happy to think about it. However, death is a part of life that all humans go through and have to get over. This leaves the readers with several questions. Why would someone want to kill themselves? Is it worth it? Would his future would have been better later on, if he would not have killed himself. While readers leave this story seeing how powerful the struggle between life and death can be one must always wonder if it is worth it in the
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