Essay on An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge

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Ambrose Bierce's "An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge" seems to have been written to skillfully play with the minds of its readers. The ending of "An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge" can prompt the question, "What just happened?" Present becomes the past, gets lost in a sort of dream world and then comes back to the present sense again. Bierce's infamous character Peyton Farquhar is known to raise eyebrows just by the mention of his name. Farquhar's grizzly end was due to a clever disguise by a Federal Scout, but exactly how clever was it? What if this entire ordeal was planned in such a way to have Farquhar killed on purpose?

As quoted from the short story, "Peyton Farquhar was a well to do planter, of an old and highly respected Alabama
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These owners have control over their slaves, and they usually have a large say in important matters. When the "gray-clad soldier" first appears at the entrance of Farquhar's home, both he and his wife are ecstatic to be service to a soldier. Not once does it pass through their minds that this man might be holding a disguise and not who he claims to be. The fact that any other person who is as equally devoted to victory as Faquhar, might deceive him, has never passed through his mind.

The soldier talked of how the "Yanks" (a slang term used by Bierce to describe the "Yankees" or in simple terms, anyone who lived in the North during the war), were repairing the railroads, and that they are preparing for another advance. He also notes how the Union commandant has posted a order saying that anyone interfering with the railroad, bridges, tunnels or trains will be hanged. After learning that the soldier Farquhar talked to was actually fighting for the North, and after babbling about what might be accomplished if a man were to interfere with the Yanks on the bridge, Farquhar is taken to be hanged. The soldier may have heard about Farquhar and his being a slave owner, politician, and from a respected family and could have targeted him from the beginning. During the Civil War, the North was against secession, and fought against everything that the South was known to stand for. In today's society anyone who mentions any kind of

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