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Intro to Fiction Short Story Analysis Death what a powerful and tremendous word Just the word death brings a feeling or thought that you just cant describe Different people have different views and opinions on death as Ambrose Bierce portrayed in the short story An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge In this story Bierce went through a mans last thoughts as he was being put to death Throughout the story many key symbols and certain dialogue help foretell a mans tragic destination before his dreadful ending Just the title An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge has many meanings and can relate to the story in different ways Owl may represent the mans unreal eyesight in his last moments It described through the story that he saw in great detail just as an owl may do It also could relate to the man on the bridge with a rifle As it states in the story He observed that it Miller 2 was a gray eye and he remembered having read that gray eyes were keenest and that all famous marksmen had them Bierce 492 Maybe this man was the owl of the story representing the keen eyes of the owl Creek meaning a difficult or perplexing situation fits the man in the story very well Webster Creek could also mean a narrow or winding passage Webster This relates to the man because his passage to heaven is narrow and difficult to get through and he takes many winding journeys through his mind before he finally reaches that final destination A depression or obstacle is the meaning for bridge Webster The bridge could be the obstacle the man had to finally concur before he was accepted to heaven There were several symbols that represented where he was headed and what was going to happen In the story he used dark colors and objects which represented death such as The black bodies of the trees formed
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