A Southern Hero
As “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” unfolds, the main character, Peyton Farquhar is wearing a rope around his neck, in preparation for his hanging. It is implied later in the story that he is being executed for the burning of the Owl Creek Bridge, where Union soldiers have set up a blockade. Farquhar is a gentleman planter and supporter of the southern secession living in Alabama during the Civil War. Ambrose
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stand out as a three dimensional character. Farquhar comes off the written page as a hero to the southern cause. Someone willing to endure anything for what he believes in. Above all, he pursues life without worrying about the consequences; something that most people cannot.
Bierce, Ambrose. “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.”_The Norton Introduction to Literature_. 7th Shorter Edition. Jerome Beaty and J. Paul Hunter. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1998. 80-87.