Owl Creek Bridge War

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The harsh and brutal side of the military and war is clear through Ambrose Bierce’s “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”. From the detailed descriptions of the soldiers’ procedures to the shocking twist shows us the heartlessness that war (in this case the Civil War) can hold. In the exposition of this story, the sentinels are described as being in a “support” position, “a formal and unnatural position, enforcing an erect carriage of the body” (21). This not only sets the scene for the reader, but it shows us the respect with which the soldiers seem to be treating Farquhar’s hanging. However, Bierce then calls death a “dignitary,” who is treated with “formal manifestations of respect” (22). This suggests that the soldiers have been exposed
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