Farquhar In An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge

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Ambrose Bierce was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist, and satirist. He was born on June 24, 1842 in Ohio. Today, he is known mostly for his short stories, which often have grim subject matter, a cynical or brooding tone, crisp and precise language, and a stripped-down style. He is best known for his short story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”. This short story was written in 1886 and was first published in the collection Tales of Soldiers and Civilians. Throughout this short story the styles, techniques, and characters are relatively easy to analyze, and some aspects of this short story could be compared to The Necklace. Bierce 's style qualifies as both descriptive and ambiguous. He provides quite a bit of information but also keeps important aspects of the story unknown. He provides so much information about Farquhar 's situation. Which makes it even more shocking that we don 't know Farquhar is dead until the very end of the story. Bierce 's description of…show more content…
An Occurrence at Owl Creek is a unique short story because, of the authors’ style, the techniques, and the trick ending much like The Necklace. The symbolism used by Bierce is both ambiguous and descriptive. This helps to add a little extra flare to the story to help hook the readers in and keep them entertained. Techniques used by Bierce helped with making this short story have a bigger and deeper meaning. He used symbolism, motifs, and two strong themes. Major characters in this story such as Farquhar and his wife helped to add life to the story. Farquhars imagination helped to entertain but the reality being something entire different makes for an interesting twist. An Occurrence at Owl Creek and The Necklace both have similarities and differences. The main similarity is they both have trick endings but are carried out two different ways. An Occurrence at Owl Creek is an intriguing short story with a grim nature that is conveyed in an entertaining while being
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