An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge Summary

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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge Analysis

“An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce, is a story that drastically depending on what perspective you look at it from. Is it about a man who is just trying to protect his home, or is he an enemy of the state? Maybe the man is skilled enough to make a quick escape back to his home and family; perhaps he’s a delusional man seconds away from death. Did he deserve to die just because he didn’t follow the rules of oppressive tyrants? Or did he get his just deserts for trying to disrupt the peace? Just like many things, the only way to be sure of what happened to Peyton Farquhar is by looking at it from all possible sides.

In “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” there are two very different versions of reality, and they tell very different stories. One is where Peyton Farquhar is just your average citizen trying to help his people but ultimately ends up failing and losing his life. The other is where Farquhar still ends up failing but makes an incredible escape from the hands of death and is reunited with his family. In the second, fake reality, it seems to start off as a regular escape. Farquhar just seems to be incredibly lucky, with the rope snapping and every soldier missing him. Then as time goes on things start to get weird for Farquhar, his local area starts to seem unfamiliar to him, even though he has lived there for quite some time. The lands that he used to think were civilized seemed to have been abandoned,
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