Cynicism And Realism And Naturalism Of The American Civil War?

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Writers are often inspired by people and the events that they experience in their life by using these experiences as a basis for their voice and identity in writing. The American Civil War that was fought between the Northern United States and the Southern states in 1861 to 1861 was one of these significant moments. The Southern states, also known as the Confederate States of America, fought for the right to form their own independent nation and determine their own destiny (“Civil War”). They mainly did this to keep the US federal government from intervening with African American slavery. After four violent years, the Civil War ended with a Union, also known as the Northern United States, victory in 1865 (“Civil War”). After the war, American authors in every generation yearned to rewrite the war from their own perspective whether they experienced it first hand or not (“Power of the Pen”). “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce was a famous Civil War tale that expressed cynicism and naturalism of the Reconstruction era and shaped the methods of future writers by emphasizing psychological and physical impacts.
Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce was a Civil War veteran and an American short story writer that was born on June 24, 1842, in Meigs County, Ohio (“Ambrose Gwinnett”). He grew up to severed relations with his family which lead to him establishing himself (“Commentary on Ambrose”). At a very young age, Ambrose Bierce joined the Union army which brought experiences

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