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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge Ambrose Bierces short story An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge takes place during the Civil War near Corinth Alabama The protagonist of the story Peyton Farquhar is a slave owner and a politician In the story Peyton is portrayed as a loving family man with a strong sense of awareness and an equally strong dedication to the South and the southern cause in the war Though Peyton has many different characteristics the three traits mentioned are probably his strongest and have the most to do with the outcome of the story Peyton is portrayed as a loving family man Peyton has a wife and at least two children of his own He comes from an old and highly respected Alabama family259 His love for his family although not directly stated is apparent in Peytons final thoughts before being hanged While Peyton is only moments away from death he closes his eyes in order to fix his last thoughts upon his wife and children258 He yearns to return home to his family and is thankful that his wife and little ones are still beyond the invaders farthest advance259 This statement shows how Peyton cares for his familys safety As Peyton falls between the crossties and is having the life choked out of him he slips into a dream in which he escapes from the hands of his enemy and returns home His final vision in his dream before total darkness is when he makes it to his plantation He walks through the gate and he sees his wife she stands waiting with a smile of ineffable joy an attitude of matchless grace and dignity 263 I think Peytons last thought of his beautiful wife shows how much he cares for and loves her Another one of Peytons character traits that is shown in the story is his level of awareness of
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