The Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

In the story of The Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, Ambrose Bierce uses a first person narrative to guide the events within the story. I think that the first person perspective has its ups and downs when reading this story. When the author introduces the main character, the first person view actually gives a sort of mysterious vibe towards the person. The introduction of the story quickly immerses the reader into the central conflict of the story which reads “a man stood upon a railroad bridge in northern Alabama, looking down into the swift water twenty feet below.” We quickly learn that this man is about to be hanged, but we wonder who this man is and why he is in this situation. The first person perspective also seems to make the readers put together the pieces of the story as each event occurs. Of course this can be misleading if one does not carefully look over the details. This is why some (including myself) was skeptical about the ending. While being captivated by the action and the descriptive details of the character’s escape from the bridge, I could never could have conceived the ending that the author was setting me up for. At the end of the story, the man never mad it off the bridge at all! It was all a part of his imagination! I don’t know if anyone could have seen this coming.

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  1. Pingback: Classic Historical Short Story: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce | Alt Hist: Historical Fiction and Alternate History

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