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Ambrose Bierce in his story An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge describes the death encounter of a man at the center of the Owl Creek Bridge The author divided the story into three parts where the plot shifts between past and present situation Peyton Farquhar is the protagonist of the story In his town other men participated in the military while Peyton could not be part a part of it In order to make a name for himself he decided to sabotage the bridge which is secured by Northern soldiers The soldiers captures Peyton and waits for an order to hang him at the center of the Owl Creek Bridge The central idea of the story is that a persons desire to escape death may result in an unconscious state of mind where there is no line between reality and imagination The story begins with Peyton standing on a platform above the river with soldiers surrounding him on four sides Two soldiers stood with him on each side of the platform They waited for an order to step aside and pull the plank so that Peyton will hang and die The soldiers got the order to step aside and when they were about to pull the plank Peyton thought about his wife and children He wants to escape from being hanged and go back to his family Peyton looks around him and thinks about how he will escape and survive from the situation as the author mentions how slowly it appeared to move What a sluggish stream 134 Whenever Peyton thinks about escaping from death he travels through an unconscious state of mind where he close his eyes and thinks I might throw off the noose and spring into the stream 135In the second part of the story the author takes the audience to a flashback where he provides the reader with the reason behind Peytons execution Bierce reveals that the whole situation of hanging
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