An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Lawrence I. Berkove

This literature criticism consists of approximately 33 pages of analysis & critique of An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.
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Critical Essay by Lawrence I. Berkove

SOURCE: Berkove, Lawrence I. “‘An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge’: Nothing Better Exists.” In A Prescription for Adversity: The Moral Art of Ambrose Bierce, pp. 113-35. Columbus: The Ohio State University, 2002.

In the following essay, Berkove ranks “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” as one of the most accomplished literary hoaxes ever written, contending that Bierce manipulates the readers of the story by allowing them to project their expectations into the story and “letting those expectations blind them into not reading carefully and thoughtfully enough.”

To Bierce, reason, although imperfect, remains humanity's best hope for preventing a needless death or at least for delaying death's inevitability. Conversely, the failure to use reason, or the misuse of it, will hasten death...

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