An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Clifford R. Ames

This literature criticism consists of approximately 26 pages of analysis & critique of An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.
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Critical Essay by Clifford R. Ames

SOURCE: Ames, Clifford R. “Do I Wake or Sleep?: Technique as Content in Ambrose Bierce's Short Story, ‘An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge’.” American Literary Realism, 1870-1910 19, no. 3 (spring 1987): 52-67.

In the following essay, Ames argues that the popularity of “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” is a testimony to Bierce's technical skill, particularly his ability to manipulate perception and suspend disbelief.

What evidence could be applied to, supposing we were asked at this very moment whether we are asleep or awake—dreaming all that passes through our minds or talking to one another in the waking state.1

Peyton Farquhar, the unfortunate hero of Ambrose Bierce's short story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” learns to make...

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