Amanda Stiltner Nelson English 1A 10 May 2015 Henry and Farquhar In “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce and “The Red Convertible” by Louise Erdrich they both have a character that dies at a river. Both of the stories are based during a war, and both deaths were somewhat considered due to the war. The rivers in the stories hold significant value to how the men die and why the men died at the rivers, and how the actions of both these men resulted in their deaths. The river in both of these stories’ meant something to both of these men, THE RIVERS WERE A SIGN OF FREEDOM. In the story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” Peyton Farquhar was a plantation farmer who wanted to help out the South during the Civil War.
Matthew Moshea Mr. Thompson Advanced English IV An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge What, Peyton is dead?! How can a man just all of a sudden die after fighting all the way back to his house in order to see his family? Perhaps by a closer examination of the story itself, we can discover ways that the author indicates the death of Mr. Farquhar. The author uses several techniques to give us hints about the ending including imagery, preternatural elements, and allusions. His many types of imagery include Peyton’s sight of the veins on the leaves and the insects on them in the forest from a vast distance away, the man’s grey eyes looking at him through the rifle on top of the bridge, and the unrecognized golden stars shining in the form of a constellation.
O’Brian works on him a long while, asking questions and inflicting pain. He tells Winston that it’s not the Party’s goal to kill, or to get confession, or to torture without reason. He tells Winston that he is insane, and that it’s the Party’s goal to make him sane again. He also tells Winston that although he (Winston) will be destroyed in the end, he will not be killed until he is “sane” again, until he has submitted fully to the Party and thinks exactly as they want him to think. If O’Brian holds up 4 fingers and tells Winston that he’s really holding up 5, Winston must say, and believe, that there are 5 fingers.
Again it shows the confusion of the war that has taken away Billy’s sense and strip away who Billy is. Throughout the novel Vonnecut tries condemn war by showing the absurdity and stupidity though black humor. But at same time he knows it won’t do too much as he said that there would always be wars, that they were as easy to stop as
These layers of suspense greatly add in looking into Tom’s head and understanding if Tom can comprehends the peril he put himself into. In the end, Tom brought the entire ordeal upon himself. Had he decided to not be so greedy and selfish, he would have gone out with his wife and enjoyed the night, rather than experiencing one of the most horrific events of his life. Instead, he finds himself on this narrow little ledge, very much regretting the past few decisions he had made. The author does a great job of making this apparent, and chooses to show it through irony, cause and effect, and suspense.
This takes place when Ellison is describing the Ticktockman. This is indirect characterization because the author describes the Ticktockman in dialogue. While time is moving forward so is Ellison while he introduces mood to the “Repent, Harlequin” story. Presenting mood to the “Repent Harlequin” story makes the interest even more addictive. “ Marshall Delahanty tried to run … and the officer of the Ticktockman blanked his correlate, and Marshall Delahanty keeled over, running , and his heart stopped and the blood dried up on its way to his brain and he was dead that’s all… because that’s what would happen to the Harlequin if ever that Ticktockman found out his real name”( Ellison 884).
We were told a Marine was expected to commit suicide in cadence without a flinch, whether advancing into rifle fire or hurling himself upon bayonets. To bring him to a state of mindlessness where he was ready to do this, he was drilled physically and bullied mentally and spiritually until he was convinced not only that he was the lowest scum on the earth but also that his only hope of salvation, his ticket through the pearly gates, was to climax a lifetime of service by an act of self-sacrifice. Q: What did you think and feel about the Vietnamese war, the Vietnamese people, and Vietnam at the time when you came on active duty? A: At the time I volunteered, I felt the war in Vietnam was no different from any other. My grandfather fought in World War I, my dad and uncles in World War II, and several uncles fought in Korea.
In this periodical from the Time magazine written by Mark Thompson, he writes about the case of a U.S National Guard member, Matt Magdaz, who murdered his own family and then committed suicide. While this article does contain extensive details about the crime committed in 2007, Mark Thompson mentions the psychological effects of war on soldiers. He also writes about the "failure of the U.S military's safety procedures" that are responsible for the soldiers who suffer psychological effects due to their time spent in combat. This periodical, unlike
Chillingworth tells Hester that he plans to “devote himself earnestly and unreservedly to the solution of [this] mystery” (Hawthorne 72) and once he discovers the father’s identity, “his fame, his position, his life, will all be in my hands” (Hawthorne 73). Thus Chillingworth’s obsession begins. This vengeful fascination only grows as the story continues and eventually swallows Chillingworth’s entire life, affecting his physical appearance. After living with Dimmesdale, Chillingworth has “transformed himself into a devil…by devoting himself, for seven years, to the constant analysis of a heart full of torture, and deriving his enjoyment thence” (Hawthorne 137 - 138). His depraved physiognomy now reflects the pure evil of Chillingworth’s heart, and is an omnipresent brand, much like Hester’s scarlet letter, of his consumption by revenge.
In detail, Zinn wrote about My Lai massacre like the most terrible side of Vietnam War. It was known as “search and destroy” missions – “men of military age in the village were kill, the home were burned, the women, children, and old people were sent off to refugee camps” ( Zinn 477). Journalist Seymour Hersh, in his book My Lai, estimated that between 450 and 500 people-most of them women, children, and old men-had been slain and buried there. Agreed with Zinn’s belief, Tindall and Shi support that twenty-five army officers were charged with complicity in this massacre and subsequent cover-up, but only Lieutenant William Calley, who ordered the murder of 347 civilians in the village of My Lai in 1968, was convicted. Richard Nixon, president of the United States from 1969–1974, later granted him parole (Tindall