An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge Essay

883 WordsApr 10, 20124 Pages
The little boy loved to play football. He was the best at every position, and the best player on the team. He felt the adrenaline rush through out his body as the ball was thrown to him, in his mind. In his mind he was out there playing with the team, but in reality, he was watching from the sidelines in a wheel chair. This situation is shown a different way in Ambrose Bierce’s “ An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”. The setting helps us realize that the protagonist doesn’t want to face reality and face his death. The story is broken up into three parts. The first part begins with a man named Peyton Farquhar on a bridge in Alabama ready to be hanged. Rena Korb in Short Stories for Students states, “ In the first section, Farquhar denies what is about to happen”(Korb 169). Korb is saying that Farquhar doesn’t believe he is about to be hanged. He begins to describe everything around him. In the story, it states “…two private soldiers of the Federal Army, directed by a sergeant who in civil life may have been a deputy sheriff”(Bierce 306). Bierce is showing that the story takes place during the Civil War, which shows that execution was used a lot during this time. Farquhar begins to look at the stream below him and a piece of driftwood catches his eye; he watches it flow slowly down the current. Rena Korb in Short Stories for Students states, “ Bierce…shows Farquhar’s distortion of time in an effort to fend off death”(Korb 169). He is saying that Farquhar begins to look at things and see them slower than they really are because he is trying to distract himself from what is about to happen. Then, Farquhar closes his eyes and begins to think about his family, but is disturbed by the ticking sound of his watch. Then, Farquhar opens his eyes and begins to think he can free his hands from the rope that has him tied (Bierce 309). He is brought back into reality when the
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