Ambrose Bierce Essays

  • Ambrose Bierce's Poems

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    Poems are not always cheery rhymes, written by carefree poets. Some poets, such as Ambrose Bierce, live a life of misfortune. Growing up with 8 siblings, Bierce hated his family. He resented his mother for “not loving him enough,” and by 15, he left his family behind. Working as a printer’s devil, Bierce began his literary career. However, his literary fame began after the most significant event in his life: the Civil War. He was among the first to volunteer for the Union Army, and was a brave, idealistic

  • Figurative Language In A Horseman In The Sky

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    father, Druse commits to his troops and shoots his father. The author of the story, Ambrose Bierce used a vital technique in writing this story to get readers to feel like they are a part of the story. Ambrose Bierce uses imagery in this story

  • Character Analysis: An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge

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    How death is perceived can be different for each person. The passage by Ambrose Bierce titled “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”, and “The Red Convertible” by Louise Erdrich are both great examples of how different authors can write about death. WHAT THE MAIN CHARACTERS EXPERIENCE ARE QUITE DIFFERENT FROM EACH OTHER, YET IN THE END THEY BOTH FIND PEACE. Bierce describes Peyton Farquhar (the main character in “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”) as a very humble man. When Peyton is standing at the

  • Bierce Literary Elements

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    An Occurrence of Literary Elements Ambrose Bierce’s use of dramatic irony, 3rd person limited point of view, and syntax and diction creates suspense for the reader about the fate of Peyton Farquhar, the protagonist of “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”. While flashbacking the events of Peyton Farquhar, Bierce utilizes dramatic irony to initiate the suspense that makes the reader question Peyton’s fate. Bierce intentionally states, “An hour later, after nightfall, he repassed the plantation,

  • Owl Creek Bridge Structure

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    Throughout this paper, I will study “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”, which is a short story written by the American author Ambrose Bierce. The story is set during the Civil war and was published by The San Francisco Examiner on July the 13th, 1890. Using my own opinion and the scholarly work of others, I will investigate the effectiveness in which the ambiguous structure engages the reader within the text. Moreover, I will reference my own experiences and views which I have in relation to the

  • Ambrose Bierce's An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge

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    An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge is a story created by literary genius Ambrose Bierce and is set during Civil War times… The short story tells the narrative of Peyton Farquhar, a sympathizer of confederates who has been sentenced to his end by lynching from the Owl Creek Bridge…An occurrence at owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce shows why having an imagination is critical in making it through impossible times… An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge is a richly formulated observation on the flowing nature

  • An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge Death Essay

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    very end. Ambrose Bierce hides this fact until the end by providing an adventure through the mind of a dying Peyton Farquhar. Along the incredible journey of “escape”, Bierce alludes to the inevitable end to which the reader is captured by the idea that Peyton Farquhar could actually get away. The short story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” has several literary techniques that capture the reader’s attention. In the short story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” Bierce uses imagery

  • An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge Analysis Essay

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    and in Ambrose Bierce’s “An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge” Peyton Farquhar wants to die. Farquhar has a tough life and a job that he doesn’t like. When he finds the bridge, he knows that it is the perfect place to be hung and the bridge is like a stage to do that. So, in the last moments of his life he disconnects himself from his physical body. In “An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge,” Bierce uses the bridge and driftwood to symbolize Peyton’s thoughts and feeling about his death. Bierce uses descriptive

  • Compare And Contrast Hitchhiker And An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge

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    Fletcher is a play about a son that is going to California for a trip.“ An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge” is a short story that is about Peyton who died hanging from a bridge.Lucille Fletcher's “The Hitchhiker” and Ambrose Bierce's “An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce, while having many distinct differences, are largely similar in theme and purpose of craft moves. Both texts share the idea about death. For example, In “The Hitchhiker” Adams is seeing this hitchhiker on the side

  • Literary Analysis Of An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge

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    Literary Analysis: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce, written in 1890, is a story about the lengths one will go to escape death, and the vanity of man. Part one of this three part story begins with a gentleman who let himself be tricked by “soldiers of the Federal Army”. He is awaiting his execution for plotting against the Union and attempting to set the bridge on fire. He thinks about his wife and children, all while standing on the edge of

  • Analysis Of An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge

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    "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge", is by Ambrose Bierce. The story tells of a Southern farmer, named Peyton Fahrquhar, who went to go disrupt the north’s railroad, which was a trap, and was caught and sentenced to be hung. He thought he had escaped death, but he was dying. This shows that time is very fluid. Sometimes what could be minutes may feel like hours or vice versa, and everyone experiences time differently. A memorable quote is, "As he is about to clasp her he feels a stunning blow upon

  • Occurance At Owl Creek Bridge Essay

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    topic of discourse or of artistic representation. Authors use an abundance of different techniques when developing and engraving theme into their story. It is an important element that makes a story unique. In “An Occurance At Owl Creek Bridge,” Ambrose Bierce carefully hides the theme in ways that use detail, flashbacks, and conflict, forcing the reader to deeply analyze the text in order to find the qualities that make a story complete. There are many elements in this story that relate to humans

  • Realism In An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge

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    described as, “Two private soldiers of the Federal army, directed by a sergeant, who in civil life may have been a deputy sheriff. At a short remove upon the same temporary platform was an officer in the uniform of his rank armed. He was a captain” (Bierce, 318). This description makes clear that the story takes place during the civil war, and that some of the most important characters are soldiers, sergeants, and a captain. These characters play a prominent role in the story in which the two sides

  • An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge Foreshadowing Analysis

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    uses specific verbiage in a story to tell, or foreshadow, what is going to happen. The reader may feel as if they know what is going to happen before they read it, they could feel like a clairvoyant or that they are having a déjà vu experience. Ambrose Bierce’s story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” has instances of foreshadowing that allude to the death of Peyton Farquhar before the story reaches the climactic point of telling of his fate. The first instance of foreshadowing is when Peyton Farquhar

  • Faulkner's Foreshadowing

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    The Role for Foreshadowing: “A Rose for Emily” Foreshadowing is a major element that serves as a key in story-telling specifically William Faulkner’s writing. Male author, William Faulkner, wrote “A Rose for Emily,” is one of many literary works that foreshadowing plays an instrumental role in. William Faulkner is effective in his numerous instances of foreshadowing that build suspense, create a dark and sinister theme, and emphasize irony. The first way Faulkner’s work displays the use of foreshadowing

  • Compare And Contrast The Giver A Dystopian Society

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    The Dystopian Societies “‘[Jonas’s society] relinquished color when we relinquished sunshine and did away with differences.’ He thought for a moment. ‘We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others’” (Lowry 95). In order to make everything have sameness, Jonas’s society had to get rid of many, many beautiful works of art. Although modern society has some similarities with The Giver’s society, the differences in feelings, choices, and individuality are what make The Giver’s society

  • Dracula By Bram Stoker: The Gothic Elements Of The Gothic Era

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    Dracula For a long period of time, literature was focused on real life circumstances often lacking sinister characteristics. During the Gothic Era, literature began to take a turn towards the dark side. Stories written during this period were filled with terror, isolation and darkness. The presence of supernatural beings and experiences were incorporated in to these writings as well. Stories written during the Gothic Era have a dark nature to them. One story that highlights the prime elements

  • Character Analysis Of Peyton Farquhar In The Owl Creek Bridge

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    What I found most interesting about the story is how it is divided into three parts. Part one starts with detailing the pending execution of a man by a group of soldiers. In part two, we learn who is the man, Peyton Farquhar, a Southern planter, who was unable to served in the gallant army because of unknown reasons. This part also describes how he ended up there. One day, upon hearing news from a Federal scout in disguise that the Owl Creek Bridge was being repaired for use by the Union forces,

  • Naturalism In Stephen Crane's The Open Boat

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    A Study of Naturalism in “The Open Boat” In “The Open Boat” Stephen Crane employs the literary techniques of imagery, symbolism, personification, setting and situational irony to exemplify Naturalism as a movement. Crane reflects upon his real-life experience as he tries to make sense of man’s existence, man’s place in the natural world, man’s struggle for survival, and the importance of brotherhood to man. Despite the ruthless indifference of the sea and the hardships it presents, Crane suggests

  • Peyton Farquhar's An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge

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    Set during the American Civil War, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" is the story of Peyton Farquhar, a Confederate sympathizer condemned to death by hanging from Owl Creek Bridge. In the first part of the story, a gentleman planter in his mid thirties is standing on a railroad bridge in Alabama. Six military men and a company of infantrymen are present. The man is to be hanged from the bridge. As the man is waiting, he thinks of his wife and children. Then he is distracted by a tremendous noise