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Ambrose Bierses An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge portrays an execution scene in which Peyton Farquhar a Confederate is hanged by Federals in northern Alabama during the Civil War The story penetrates into the Confederates mind and reveals his reflection before his death The story can be interpreted through uncovering the binary oppositions The major binary opposition dominating throughout the story is reality versus fantasy Under this binary opposition other binary oppositions including freedomimprisonment powerfulpowerless and hopeimprisonment are made possible Beside reality fantasy the cause of Peyton Farquhars capture and death sentence can be understood through the binary opposition of appearance versus truth The cause of Farquhars downfall is exhibited by the binary opposition appearance truth as he mistakenly assumes the appearance into truth Driven by his eagerness to obtain distinction and fulfill his ambition to pursue a military career he falls into the snare laid by a Federal spy He mistakes the spys identity as a Confederate soldier and takes his intelligence into truth Thus the river which is supposed to be piled with driftwood has the swirling water of the stream racing madly and he is captured on the bridge supposed to be guarded by a single sentinel Contrary to his ambition to accomplish a great deed he is reduced from a civilian into a war criminal The appearance of a prosperous military service is disillusioned and replaced by a humiliating situation and a death sentence To flee from the threat of death he sinks into thoughts of escape and turns them into fantasy His first step away from the reality is demonstrated in his perception of the sound In reality the execution ground is absolutely silent ruled by the military etiquette so that the ticking of his watch is audible to him Yet he perceives the regular ticking from regular metallic percussion assembling the stroke of a blacksmiths hammer upon the anvil to irregular progressively sharper sound that hurts his ear like
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