Here on the website, we will be posting his reflections on each of the stories in turn. This is no exception. The story is only about 3, words long, but packs a wallop into its few pages. I know I had to.
In the code of military etiquette silence and fixity are forms of deference. He is a wealthy Alabama planter with a pretty wife and a passel load of children.
When he discovers that the bridge at Owl Creek has been rebuilt by the invading army of the Union, he decides this is his chance to do something for the Southern cause.
His eyes are bespeckled by the splendorous beacon of glory. In other words, he is blinded by his vision of his own future achievement.
Many times there is a razor thin line between success and failure. We are not privy to how close to being successful our gentleman of mayhem was to destroying the bridge, but we do know that his illusion of glory has ended in an inglorious, frankly embarrassing, reality.
He is about to be hung. At moments like this something happens to our senses. I remember when I had my Jeep accident. I was flipping over and over. The crunch of steel was like a Wagner crescendo. The sound of breaking glass was like shrieking sirens. Everything slowed down to where I could watch individual pieces of glass moving so slowly that I could have caught them with a pair of chopsticks.
For Fahrquhar, it is his watch, ticking so loud that to his ears it sounds like iron being molded by a hammer on an anvil. Everything seems brighter and more significant. He is standing on the bridge he had meant to destroy.
These sensations were unaccompanied by thought.
The intellectual part of his nature was already effaced; he had power only to feel, and feeling was torment. He was conscious of motion. Encompassed in a luminous cloud, of which he was now merely the fiery heart, without material substance, he swung through unthinkable arcs of oscillation, like a vast pendulum.
Like a razor also it seemed massy and heavy, tapering from the edge into a solid and broad structure above. It was appended to a weighty rod of brass, and the whole hissed as it swung through the air.
He was known for his sardonic view of human nature. The hanging scene in this story, you would swear the man has been dangling from a rope at some point in time in his history. Bierce, in typical Bierce fashion, heads down to Mexico and is never heard of again.
He is gone like smoke caught in a Western wind. I would recommend reading this story without commentary and then reading it a second time with analysis because Bierce has layered in some symbolism into the story.
He then camouflaged these metaphors with leaves and broken branches. If you move your head too fast your eyes will just skim right over the top of them. If you wish to see more of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit http:An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by: Ambrose Bierce "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" is a short story by Ambrose Bierce that was first published in Get an answer for 'What is the summary to the short story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" by Ambrose Bierce?' and find homework help for other An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge questions at .
Ambrose Bierce: “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” () It is always difficult to write about a work, particularly a short work, without including spoilers.
This is no exception. If you’ve not read “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” you should really put this down, go read it, and then come back. An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce.
Set during the American Civil War, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek" is Bierce's most famous short story. It was first published in the San Francisco Examiner in It then appeared in Bierce's collection Tales of Soldiers and Civilians. Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce () was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist and satirist.
Today, he is best known for his short story, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge and his satirical lexicon, The Devil's Dictionary/5. Review of 'An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge' Words | 6 Pages.
Ambrose Bierce was famous for his strange and mysterious stories of ghosts, monsters, aliens and the supernatural, and "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" was one of his weirdest.