How Does Bierce Use Irony In An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge

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Irony is one of the key factors in creation suspense in this short story. It was very ironic that the rope breaks when the author set up the introduction of the story to make us believe that Peyton Fahrquhar was going to be hanged. Another way that Ambrose Bierce uses irony in his short story is by letting Peyton escape without drowning in the stream and letting him get to the bank of the stream without being shot. There were so many soldiers firing at him and yet he still did not get shot? How ironic. Another key factor for creating suspense in An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge is the very important literary technique that goes by the name of symbolism. One way Bierce uses symbolism is by giving both Peyton and the sentinel that shot at
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