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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
by Ambrose Bierce

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge Genre

Historical Fiction, Adventure

Bierce wrote his stories of the Civil War a few decades after the conflict ended, so he was writing about a historical era that was long gone. In 1890, however, the effects of the war were still ever-present, even if the memories were fading. Historical fiction stories like "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" preserved the memory of the war.

The story also reproduces the emotions of a man shortly before, and during, his death. Farquhar's imaginary journey is a physical and emotional adventure. Bierce's description of Farquhar's sensations during his miraculous escape and his perception of the world around him raises a dying man's thoughts to the level of epic adventure. Freeing himself of his bonds while sinking in a creek, swimming away from bullets, and traveling through a strangely unfamiliar landscape, Farquhar goes on an exhilarating adventure.

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