The story could be read from several different angles, such as the social, cultural, psychological, political, etc. First, the American Civil War of the s provides the political angle.
His two best known works are "The Devil's Dictionary" a dictionary of epic, satirical proportions and the short story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.
There is humorous and sometimes biting satire, as well as the sort of terror that makes a story memorable for years and years. The story takes place during the Civil War in the United States.
The reader should note that Bierce, like Hemingway, was not just a keen observer of war, but also a participant. Bierce fought for the Union Army during the war. Peyton Farquhar, a Southern gentleman who was not a rebel soldier but nonetheless a slave owner and rebel sympathizer, is standing on Owl Creek Bridge, about to be hanged.
A brief flashback enlightens the reader as to why.
Farquhar, having been visited by a Union soldier in disguise, was lured into trying to sabotage the bridge. After the flashback, the hanging commences. As Farquhar begins to fall, the sensation of his death is described. Then the rope breaks and Farquhar is freed.
He manages to free his hands, remove the noose from his neck, and swim for freedom. The Union soldiers on the bridge fire at him, but he escapes. He then wanders through the forest, eventually ending back at his home. But just as he is about to embrace his wife who has come out to joyfully greet him, Farquhar is snapped back to reality.
He dangles from the bridge in his noose, dead. There are a multitude of elements to this short story about 6 pages in length that make it stand out so much as Bierce's most exemplary piece of serious fiction. First, and foremost, is the human element.
In this story, Bierce makes Farquhar human and sympathetic to the reader. He is not described in any terms that make his death seem justified or fair. He is only 35, good looking, has a "kindly expression," and is married with children.
For whatever reason, Farquhar could not be a soldier, but his convictions are such that he stands behind them and helps in whatever way he can.
In short, Peyton Farquhar is a principled, decent man even if his principles are wrong.Engines. expert/user reviews. and. Indian rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis) and South American tapir (Tapirus terrestris) Car lists and Celebrity Drive interviews live An introduction to the history of castles in europe in Motor Trend's Features section From analysis to opinion and old cars.
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Peyton Farquhar was a well to do planter, of an old and highly respected Alabama family. Being a slave owner and like other slave owners a politician, he was naturally an original secessionist and ardently devoted to the Southern cause. An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce, The magic trick: The backstory provided in section two.
I’m very excited to learn more about Mr. Ambrose Bierce here this week with a series of five stories on the SSMT blog. Peyton Farquhar was dead; his body, with a broken neck, swung gently from side to side beneath the timbers of the Owl Creek bridge.” (real hanging) lost consciousness.
“The Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” by Ambrose Bierce tells the story of a man being executed. As the man dies he imagines his escape. Facing death, the man wants nothing more ten to .