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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce was written with much attention paid to the minute details of the actual story For example the narrator describes in detail how the sentinels held their rifles A sentinel at each end of the bridge stood with his rifle in the position known as support that is to say vertical in front of the left shoulder the hammer resting on the forearm thrown straight across the chest--a formal and unnatural position enforcing an erect carriage of the body The setting is also thoroughly described and can almost be visibly seen by the reader because of this immense detail One might feel as though he or she were actually there The narrator tells where all of the guards and spectators not really spectators but infantry were and what they were doing while this man was standing on the bridge with his hands tied behind his back Basically the contents of the story explain that a man Peyton Farquhar was to be shot for a crime he committed He was standing on a bridge so as there was no escape but incredibly he jumped As far as the narrator tells the story the men did not track down Farquhar and only shot at him after he jumped off of the bridge After he got out of the river he began traveling for home and actually returns home to his wife and children in what was certainly a dream The fact that he is only hallucinating or dreaming is recognizable due to the fact that Farquhar died on Owl Creek bridge of a broken neck So despite his attempts to free himself and return home they were all in vain and worthless and gave him only a short time more to reflect on his family and his life The fact however that the narrator never tells what this man did to deserve to die is very disturbing
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