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Fantasy of War Essay

  • Submitted by: mmcelrer
  • on November 24, 2012
  • Category: English
  • Length: 1,369 words

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Fantasy of War
"An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” is a tale of a man who is about to be hung but manages to escape and make it home to his adoring wife. However, in the end you find out it was all in his head, and that it was a fantasy of escape that never happened. This kind of ending in a story is an “it-was-all-a-dream” ending, which characteristically is disliked by most audiences. It is difficult to pull off such endings successfully; and so most writers avoid such endings because how easily it can be shot down by editors and critics. However, this kind of ending has been pulled off successfully a few times such as in Alice in Wonderland, and the Wizard of Oz. Some people believe that it was successful because it is evident from the beginning that it is “just a dream.” It has been theorized that authors who use the “it-was-just-a-dream” endings have chosen to do so, for two reasons. One of which is they were backed up and couldn’t figure out how else to end it and the other is that they believed they could pull it off successfully. Ambrose Bierce’s “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” has that type of ending and the question is, why did Bierce choose to end it that way, and what does it do to the story?
Bierce has pulled out an interesting piece with the infamous “just-a-dream” ending and unlike the unsuccessful attempts to pull off such endings by many other authors; Bierce has managed to pull it off. The reasoning for how she did so and why she chose to use that ending are similar to that of Alice in Wonderland’s author Lewis Carroll; they both believed they could pull it off and be one of the few who has done so. Bierce starts off the beginning with a description of the character, the scenario he gets into and why so. Peyton Farquhar, the main character, ends up on a bridge about to be hung fantasizing about escape. “He unclosed his eyes and saw again the water below him. “If I could free my hands” he thought, “I might throw off the noose and spring...

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