You don't need us to tell you that time doesn't always seem to move at the same pace. When you're eagerly awaiting a text from your crush, time can move sooo slowly. But when you're cramming for the AP US History exam the night before the test, time simply seems to disappear. Just like in real life, time is very fluid in this story. At certain points, time races along at dizzying speeds, but at others, it crawls along at a snail's pace. "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" seems to ask us how we experience time. It seems to depend entirely on what a person is going through. How do you think time would pass in the seconds before being hanged? By going against a military order, Farquhar becomes subject to military time. Though his imagination allows him to temporarily escape the highly regimented time set by the soldiers, his body never breaks free.
Time loses all meaning as Farquhar approaches death.
Farquhar's understanding of time comes into conflict with military time, and military time wins.