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Examine the message and analyse the narrator's technique of An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

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Introduction

Old Creek Bridge Examine the message and analyse the narrator's technique of An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge The narrator sets the scene upon a railway bridge in Northern Alabama. There are around four messages that Ambrose Pierce tries to get across, firstly that he is uncomfortable with war, how people are forced into war that do not want to fight and what it does to them and how many innocent people get hurt. The second message is that war turns men callous as Bierce says of them as staring stonily and motionless, he also says they might have been statues to adorn the bridge. The words stonily motionless and statues used to describe the military illustrate the lack of movement and maybe that they are not as heartless as they look. Bierce then goes on to describe death as a personification, 'Death is a dignitary who, when he comes announced is to be received with formal manifestations of respect even with those who find himself most familiar with him' they believe that death is an expected visitor who should be treated with respect even if you have faced it before. ...read more.

Middle

This gives us an insight to what the story is about in how the mind is able to fool you and an insight to Peyton Farquar's mind. One of the last messages that he tries to get through is that of the basic survival instinct of man, and this is shown as Peyton Faraquar says if he could only free his hands and try to get away from the soldier and try and avoid the gunshots from the guns of the military. Through out the story Bierce uses different narrative techniques to create the different moods throughout the story. In the first part of the story he is telling us what is happening him and what war is like and what it is all about and what he thinks of war. But then it's like he goes back to the beginning of the story like in flash backs where he tells us of how Peyton Farquar got in to this situation and about Peyton Farquar and what kind of man he was. ...read more.

Conclusion

But the Bierce lets the reader in the story that he has actually died as he says despite the suffering, he fell a sleep while walking, for now he sees another scene, perhaps he has merely recovered from delirium. He stands at the gate of his own home. All as he left it all is bright and beautiful in the morning sunshine, he must have travelled the entire night. As he pushed open the gate as he passes up the wide white walk. All this talk of white and bright, tells us that he is now in heaven. He sees his wife and is about to go up and clasp her when a blinding white light blazes about him, then there was a noise of a cannon and then it is all dark for him and silence. He was dead, he had a broken neck and he swung to and fro under the timbers of the old Creek Bridge. This whole ordeal was a complete daydream and it was suppose to shock the reader as they were relieve he had escaped and was free but he actually did not. ...read more.

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