An Occurrence In The Life Of A Slave Girl Analysis

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After the victory of the Union on the Civil War, African Americans were emancipated from the slavery. There was dramatic increase in slave narrative during the post-Civil War era, and in response to Romanticism, literatures reflecting realism spread out. "Incidence in the Life of a Slave Girl" is one of the examples of African American literary works during that era, and "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" is an example reflecting the characteristics of Realism. To begin with, the common theme of both works is real lives during the Civil War. The only difference between those works is that "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" deals with the lives of civilians, while "Incidence in the Life of a Slave Girl" is about the lives of African American…show more content…
For example, in "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge", the quote "The man's hands were behind his back, the wrists bound with a cord. A rope closely encircled his neck. It was attached to a stout cross-timber above his head and the slack fell to the level of his knees" (Bierce 604) provides thorough descriptions on the states of the protagonist. "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" also shows detailed depictions, especially for the emotions of Linda, the protagonist. For instance, "I was encountering dangers for the sake of freeing them, and must I be the cause of their death? The thought was agonizing …… But it added to my pain to think that the good old aunt, who had always been so kind to her sister's orphan children, should be shut up in prison for no other crime than loving them" (Harriet 579) well reflects the inner conflict, and guiltiness created by her escape. Nevertheless, there is a difference in a way each writing addresses those characteristics. "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" uses third person limited point of view, which is a common characteristic found in literatures of realism. There is no "I" used in it, but the author uses "he" or "Peyton Farquhar" when indicates the protagonist. However, the narrator of "Incidence in the Life of Slave Girl" uses "I" instead of Linda when indicating the protagonist. Despite first person point of view is not a common characteristic…show more content…
For one, the narrator describes that "MR. FLINT was hard pushed for house servants, and rather than lose me he had restrained his malice," indicating that the white slave owner has an ill-will and harsh to the slave. Because the author was an African American slave, she might use "malice" to express her anger toward the whites. Moreover, since the author of "An occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" was an advocate of the Union he was cynical to his protagonists who supporting the Confederate. "No service was too humble for him to perform in the aid of the South, no adventure too perilous for him to undertake if consistent with the character of a civilian who was at heart a soldier, and who in good faith and without too much qualification assented to at least a part of the frankly villainous dictum that all is fair in love and war" (Bierce 608) shows the opinion of the author. He believes that the proverb "all is fair in love and war" is "frankly villainous", implying that the protagonist supporting the Confederate is
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