An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge | Critical Essay by George Cheatham and Judy Cheatham

This literature criticism consists of approximately 4 pages of analysis & critique of An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.
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Critical Essay by George Cheatham and Judy Cheatham

SOURCE: Cheatham, George, and Judy Cheatham. “Bierce's ‘An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge’.” Explicator 43, no. 1 (fall 1984): 44-7.

In the following essay, Cheatham and Cheatham probe the origins of the name of the protagonist, Peyton Farquhar, in “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.”

Peyton Farquhar—no reader of Ambrose Bierce's “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” fails to note the oddity of the name. Any one having taught the story has no doubt had students find the name humorous. Why then did Bierce, who could have given the character any name, choose the one that he did? Is Peyton Farquhar simply one of those old names, familiar to the nineteenth century, which falls strangely on modern ears, or does its...

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