Occurence on Oak Bridge

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- Literature of the Civil War An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge RL 2 Provide an objective summary of the text. RL 3 Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate the elements of a story. RL 4 Analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings. RL 5 Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact. did you know? Short Story by Ambrose Bierce VIDEO TRAILER KEYWORD: HML11-602A Meet the Author Ambrose Bierce 1 842–c. 1914 As a Civil War soldier, Ambrose Bierce was an eyewitness to the harsh realities of war. The brutal contrast between soldiers’ dreams of glory and the senselessness of warfare became a recurring theme in Bierce’s postwar short stories, including his suspenseful tale “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.” In the Line of Fire Born into a poor, Ambrose Bierce . . . • was one of 13 children, whose names all began with the letter A. • was awarded 15 commendations for bravery under fire. • was nicknamed Bitter Bierce for his cynical humor and cruel wit. • also wrote under the names Mrs. J. Milton Bowers and Dod Grile. intensely religious family, Bierce spent his early years on an Indiana farm. At age 15, he left home for a job at a newspaper, where he set type. Three years later, the Civil War broke out, and the idealistic Bierce immediately volunteered for the Union army. Fighting in some of the war’s bloodiest battles, Bierce watched many of his comrades die and nearly died himself from a head wound. When the war was over, Bierce moved to San Francisco, which was then the literary center of the West. Determined to become beco a writer, Bierce took a job as a night watchman, which

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