This story “An Occurrence at OwlCreek Bridge” is written by Ambrose Bierce, it is about a man name Peyton Farquharwho is standing on a railroad bridge looking down into a fast-moving river. Theplot of the story is written into three sections which go from a flashback tothe present. Each section of the story talks about different things that are occurring,such as, the past and the present.
The rising action of this story is when Farquharfalls into the river, manages to free himself and escape without getting caughtby a soldier. The story is being told in third person limited. The setting ofthe story is at the Owl Creek Bridge located in Northern Alabama. In the first section of the story,the main character Peyton Farquhar is standing on the railroad bridge lookingdown into the river as he was about to be hung.
He was preparing himself andwas having a moment, thinking about his life, his family and everything that hehas done. In addition to the second section of the story, a man who is not a confederatesoldier disguised himself by dressing in grey tells Farquhar to burn the bridge.At the same time as Farquhar was looking down, he was getting a flashback, meaninghe was thinking about his entire life, everything from the past to the present wasflashing before his eyes. At this point,most of the story is being told in past tense except for the last section.
However,the third section of the story talks about the present it is all about realism.Not to mention, this section of thestory is where everything gets real, Farquhar life is about to end when hefalls into the river. As an illustration, in the third section, the rope thatwas tied around his neck breaks and Farquhar falls twenty feet into the river. Withthis in mind, as he falls into the river, he manages to untie his hands frombehind his back and free himself. With this intention, he also gets the nooseoff his neck. He stayed under water to save himself and avoid getting caught bythe soldiers. At this point, every soldier shoots at him, but they all miss,they then threw canon ball at him, but nothing happens the ball just droppedinto the river. They then started to do grape shoots, but they still manage tomiss.
As section three of the story comes to an end, no one catches Farquhar.He escaped and found his way home saw his wife, and then he died.