An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
- Bierce including few details about the condemned man helped add to the suspense by leaving the reader to wonder
what his story really is; how he got there, what happens to his family, and what his actual history is.
- The condemned man’s perceptions of time and motion are distorted by the water below him, his desire to be
with his family, and his thinking. These distortions are important because they tell you how much he cares for his family
and he sacrificed his family for whatever reason he was being hung.
- The narrator’s attitude toward Farquhar in Part II seems quite positive. The narrator also seems to be pro-war.
- The ironic part about Farquhar’s longing for the “larger life of a soldier” is that he wanted
the life of a soldier and when he pursued it, he wanted what he once had, which was to be back with his family. Farquhar sacrificed
his family for his war effort and a nothing was “fair in love and war”.
- Some of the details in Part III suggests that Farquhar’s journey
occurs in his mind are some of the pain and feelings he had. The journey is connected with the plan of escape that occurs
to him moments before he is hung by his sequence of thoughts and realistic ideas.
- It is realistic because he had just escaped and was returning home to his wife.
- The limited third-person point of view is appropriate for this story because it tells you just enough information
to keep you reading. If it had been third-person omniscient point of view the ending would not have been a surprise.
- Farquhar’s flashbacks help you fill in the blanks as to what could have happened.