Executions can be dated back to as far as the first human beings. They have always been part of the human culture. There are different kinds of executions; such as firing squad, beheading, hanging, gas chamber, electrocution, and lethal injection. In “The Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”, a short story by Ambrose Bierce, tells the story of a man, Peyton Farquhar, who was hung for giving a Confederate soldier water during the Civil War. The Northern forces declared any civilian caught interfering with the North’s efforts in the area, would be hanged.
In the short story ,”Cask of Amontillado,” there are many examples of irony used by Poe throughout the story. In the story, the Narrator’s biggest challenge is to get revenge on Fortunato for “one thousand injuries,” but he has to plan how he’s going to do it successfully without getting caught. When the Narrator randomly runs into Fortunato, the author states that, “My dear Fortunato, you are luckily met.” (Poe 59). This is an example of verbal irony because the Narrator didn’t mean it was lucky for Fortunato because he was just telling us how he vowed revenge on him.
What makes a person have diffrent thoughts, ideas, and opinons than others? What are the factors that decide if you support or hate slavery? What can lead you to death or victory? The story of “ A Occurence At Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce tells the story of a slave owner about to die. In the story we see the mans last thoughts and feelings.
Toward the beginning of Ray Bradbury’s, Something Wicked This Way Comes, William Halloway was often associated with dramatic irony to show his deficient understanding of the carnival’s operation but verbal irony to show that he was also suspicious of the carnival. Dramatic irony is evident when Will and Jim question the whereabouts of the lighting rod salesman, like when one of them said, “Storm never came. But he went.”(Bradbury70) then the other said, “Where? And why did he leave his bag?”(70), and finally, “What’s so important you forget everything?”(70).
Throughout Ambrose’s compositions, many connections from his personal experiences to his compositions were made. Bierce's scenery is a come out of his hometown, Ohio. In “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” the narrator states, “A man stood upon a railroad bridge in Northern Alabama” (Bierce 1). One can interpret that Bierce’s hometown helped entreat this setting. Therefore, most of Bierce’s compositions take place in the western region.
Edgar Allan Poe’s style of writing has changed the way of modern writing. From syntax to imagery Poe uses astonishing literary techniques to captivate the audience in creepy, dark stories and poems. Edgar Allan Poe had a somewhat depressing childhood, his parents were killed when he was only at the age of three years old. John Allan fostered him but he was never legally adopted. Poe started writing before and continued to write after he enlisted in the army.
The novel ‘April Fools’ by Richie Tankersley Cusick and the novel ‘The Chain Letter’ by Christopher Pike are very similar in terms of storyline, characters and the theme of revenge. However, they have few contrasting features such as; how they incorporate revenge in their stories. Novels offer the reader a more detailed description of character’s backstories, but also how they are handling conflicts through the emotion in their writing. Authors incorporate different ideas of a variety of themes to ensure their writing is different to their competitors. Revenge is the action of harming someone in return for an injury suffered at their hands.
In the play the Crucible there are many central Ideas and themes . They show and develop over the course of the play making it more meaningful . This essay will express two main themes . One example of a theme in this play is irony . An example of irony is whenever in act two Proctor is restating his commandments and he forgets thou shall not commit adultery.
Can something be beautiful and terrible at the same time? That is the question Death strives to answer regarding humanity in Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief. World War II was a tragic event caused by the hatred of one man toward a group of people, the Jews, and subsequently, anyone who was against him. The book’s focus is not on the war itself, but on the lives of a handful of people and their actions. In this book, Death recounts the story of Liesel Meminger, a ten-year old German girl, who faces tragedy throughout her time in Molching, Germany.
“The Crucible” contains many themes, but the most prominent theme in the play shows that fear and suspicion destroys a community. The character, events, and literary devices used in “The Crucible” help to prove this theme. This theme shows its ugly face many times throughout the story and the fear, along with the suspicion, make the characters in the story act strangely. When the characters act strange, the events in the play intense and interesting to the reader. The literary devices used assist the story’s way the reader feels throughout the story.