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The Beauty of Life The short story An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce has many profound implications for the reader During the main characters hallucination before he is hung he as well as the reader receive a confirmation of the beauty and value of life and a balance to the emotional and disturbed nature of the real time of the story which presents the world that of the civil war south as unpleasant and full of manipulation We notice immediately the strange amount of natural description once Peyton is free from the noose and floating down stream while being shot at by military men Instead of panic the recent escapee saw the individual trees the leaves and the veining of each leaf-the very insects upon them the locusts the brilliant-bodied flies the gray spiders stretching their webs from twig to twigp117 He was noticing the beauty of life around him Things that he had never stopped to take notice of before were all of a sudden a vital experience of immediate importance to him Before the moment that he supposedly escaped deaths throes he had never seen such beauty or such loveliness or perhaps more accurately he has never truly appreciated them Peyton also at this time became very pointedly focused on the people closest to him a no longer on the war and the affairs of the greater world While in the water Peytons goal was to get away from the military men that are now shooting at him to get to his beloved wife and children By diving I could evade the bullets and swimming vigorously reach the bank take to the woods and get away homep115 This is what keeps him going once he reaches the forest and is making his way to his home By nightfall he was fatigued footsore famishing The thought of his wife and children urged him onp119 His devotion is now
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