An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

This is an extra credit assignment, due by4pm on Monday, Feb 24.

Here’s the original story by Ambrose Bierce.

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (1890).

«Special English» version and audio recording from VOA (this may be helpful if you have a hard time understanding the original).

Youtube video of the Twilight Zone version of this story.

Answer these questions to the best of your ability.

1. In what ways are the condemned man’s perceptions of time and motion distorted as he is waiting to be hanged? Why are his distorted perceptions important?

2. What details in Part III suggest that Farquhar’s journey occurs in his mind? How is the journey connected with the plan of escape that occurs to him moments before he is hanged?

3.  What is the ultimate fate of Peyton Farquhar?  About how long did it truly take for the events of the story to unfold?

Total length should be around 300 words.

Good luck,
Christian

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