Owl Creek Bridge

Words: 503
Pages: 3

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge is written by Ambrose Bierce. The Story is taking Place during the Civil War. Peyton Farquhar, was caught tampering with the bridge and was given the sentence of hanging. The setting of the story was given to keep the attention of the reader throughout the short story by telling the reader what Peyton’s thoughts were. While standing waiting to fall to his death, Peyton starts to dream of escaping and going home to his family. In the last part of the story the author tells the reader that Peyton was only dreaming and then he is hung. This short story is a good story based on the way the author uses foreshadowing and flashbacks, the setting and the uses of Peyton’s senses.

At the beginning of the story the use of flashbacks allow the author to describe the life of Peyton Farquhar life was before he was sentenced. The Story describes Peyton as a well to do planter as well as a slave owner and devoted to the south. The rising action of the story starts when the soldier comes to Peyton for a Glass of water. The soldier tells Peyton “The yanks are preparing the railroads any civilian caught interfering with the railroad, its bridges, tunnels or train will be sentenced to be hung. Knowing the soldier is from the north as a scout the climax is closer, knowing the two individuals have completely two different points of views.
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This part of the story is on the bridge in the forest. The bridge leads the way to the forest and a corner and the forest takes over the sight in which is seen by Peyton. He looks into the water beneath him he realizes the thought that he is having takes him to his way home though the forest which makes a line its self for a path to home. The horizon at the end is where he wants to be. The thought of the trees makes the reader believe he is