Farquhar's Death

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A closer analyzation of Ambrose Bierce’s most famous work, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” shows that the pain of death, although inevitable and extremely keen at its onset, fades as the consciousness loses track of time and reality. In describing the death of Peyton Farquhar, Bierce uses a third person omniscient narrator to describe the pangs and sensations of death through synesthesia. As we read through the passage, we are able to feel Farquhar’s pain “shoot from his neck down through every fiber of his body and limbs” because it is described in a way that triggers our sense of touch. We become aware of the burning sensation felt throughout his body, imagining the “streams of pulsating fire heating him to an intolerable temperature”
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