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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge By Ambrose Bierce.

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1 An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge By Ambrose Bierce

2 Plot We meet a man who is about to be hanged We meet a man who is about to be hanged He is a 35 year planter who is also described as a gentleman He is a 35 year planter who is also described as a gentleman In the second part of the story we find that he is being hanged because he sabotaged a bridge after he was fooled by a Federal Scout (in disguise) In the second part of the story we find that he is being hanged because he sabotaged a bridge after he was fooled by a Federal Scout (in disguise) In the third part the man imagines escaping when the rope breaks In the third part the man imagines escaping when the rope breaks He swings side to side with a broken neck at the end of the story He swings side to side with a broken neck at the end of the story

3 Conflicts Being Hanged Being Hanged Thinking of his wife and children Thinking of his wife and children Thinking of his escape Thinking of his escape Thinking if his death Thinking if his death Should he help by interfering with the bridge Should he help by interfering with the bridge

4 Setting A Bridge in Northern Alabama A Bridge in Northern Alabama

5 Major Characters Peyton Farquhar (the man being hanged) Peyton Farquhar (the man being hanged)

6 Minor Characters Mrs. Farquhar Mrs. Farquhar Federal Scout Federal Scout

7 Author Background Ambrose Bierce ( ?) Ambrose Bierce ( ?) Wrote most of his stories about his experiences in the Civil War Wrote most of his stories about his experiences in the Civil War He was a very cynical man He was a very cynical man Moved to Mexico in 1913 and was never heard from again Moved to Mexico in 1913 and was never heard from again It is believed he was killed in the siege of Ojinaga (Mexico was in the midst of a civil war when he moved there) It is believed he was killed in the siege of Ojinaga (Mexico was in the midst of a civil war when he moved there) He wrote during the literary period of American Realism He wrote during the literary period of American Realism

8 Symbols The water symbolizes the freedom Farquhar imagines as he thinks of his family (can also symbolize his imagination) The water symbolizes the freedom Farquhar imagines as he thinks of his family (can also symbolize his imagination) His watch symbolizes his impending death as well as his final seconds of life as they are ticking away His watch symbolizes his impending death as well as his final seconds of life as they are ticking away The noose also symbolizes his inescapable death The noose also symbolizes his inescapable death

9 Theme The powers of the imagination in times of tragedy The powers of the imagination in times of tragedy The relativity of time can make seconds seem like hours and hours like seconds The relativity of time can make seconds seem like hours and hours like seconds


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