English 11A Please Help.

In three to five sentences, explain how Ambrose Bierce's use of foreshadowing or flashback influence "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge."

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  1. I'll be happy to critique what you write. It's a fascinating story.

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  2. Ambrose uses foreshadowing in her depiction of the purple elephant in Farquhar's vision of of the Confederacy indicating to the reader that he is in a dream-like state. She additionally uses flashback when Ambrose discusses the Scarlet Ibis from Farquhar's past and how the spy tricked him into being lynched by Confederate soldiers.

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  3. Do not use this answer! The teacher's will know it was taken from the internet!!

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  4. ^^ you just have to rephrase them!!

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  5. Don't completely trust LockeJames's answer. I did a word search for "purple elephant" in the story but there was no mention of it.

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  6. Another example of foreshadowing in "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" is to be found in what is going through Peyton Farquhar's mind as he is standing on the bridge with a noose around his neck waiting to be hanged.

    He unclosed his eyes and saw again the water below him. "If I could free my hands," he thought, "I might throw off the noose and spring into the stream. By diving I could evade the bullets and, swimming vigorously, reach the bank, take to the woods and get away home."

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  7. Thanks guys, this really helped! Remember, it isn't cheating unless you're caught. That's why I win my bets!

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  8. Daniel, please tell me you didn't put your full name in a confession of cheating... please tell me thats a fake name...

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  9. you know what i think is really crazy to think about? this post is still active till this day and people are still commenting. not alot but its still happening. this entire question was asked 2013 which was years ago. it makes me wonder what the original poster asking this question is doing right now. they are long ahead in their late 20's now considering they were most likely around 17-18 when first posting this

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  10. We see all the legends from before it’s like history of all the cheaters that leads up to us

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  11. Generations pass yet cheaters will always remain.

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  12. Anybody here in may 2021

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  13. yeah i am

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  14. it is crazy, the person who original posted this probably as a whole life now and here we are thankful as frick for them 😭

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  15. Its crazy they probably have kids now and living their best life and here we are just trying to pass

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  16. It’s weird to think that these answers are from 10-9 years ago and to think that these answers are from high schoolers who have a full on life now

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  17. Ambrose Bierce’s use of flashback influences “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge in a way that it makes the reader understand the background information and events that led up to the main conflicts in the story. One quote which really showcases this is when Bierce writes, “Peyton Farquhar was a well-to-do planter of an old and highly respected Alabama family. Being a slave owner, and like other slave owners, a politician, he was naturally an original secessionist and ardently devoted to the Southern cause.” (p. 134). Another use of flashback would be Bierce writes, “‘The Yanks are repairing the railroads,’ said the man, ‘and are getting ready for another advance. They reached the Owl Creek bridge, put it in order and built a stockade on the north bank. The commandant has issued an order, which is posted everywhere, declaring that any civilian caught interfering with the railroad, its bridges, tunnels or trains will be summarily hanged…” (p. 135). We see at the beginning of the story that there is a mysterious man sentenced to death by hanging. What these quotes do very well, is look back on a past event of the victim’s life, which gives further context and development to understand what is happening in the current moment. When Bierce writes, “slave owner,” “a politician,” and “devoted to the Southern cause,” it shows readers who this character was as a person and what his background was. It also shows his loyalty to the South, and that he probably went against the Union soldiers who are intent on hanging him. Furthermore, the second quote shows readers why the main character is being hung, Bierce writes, “ any civilian caught interfering with the railroad, its bridges, tunnels or trains will be summarily hanged…” This helps readers understand the circumstances of the main character’s punishment. In many pieces of writing today, or works of media, flashbacks offer a way for people to obtain the idea the creator wants to get across, while avoiding straight exposition, and making it more visually digestible for the audience. It avoided having people explain to us what happened when instead they can show it the way it was, disconnecting from the moment and looking into the past.

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  18. Thanks cryptik !!

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  19. I love how this went from question 9 yrs ago to a chat room of wandering cheaters

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  20. i’m straight failing my english class rn

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  21. I with cheat in any challenge I am thrown especially in school with the only exception is in relationships... "Honor is a Fools Gamble" 😈

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  22. it's sad that the original poster didn't get their answer until 2 year later.

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  23. still here is 2022

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  24. pov: you came for the answer but ended up finding out the original poster posted this 9/10 years ago and seeing a conversation about how the older generation was cheating like us.

    Hello people who will find this in so many years. Good luck with this question!

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  25. I like how the original answer was fake(There's no purple elephant in the story) but years later Cryptik drops in and saves us all

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  26. This thread made me change my mind about snapping half the universe

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  27. So we just all here trying to finish the semester 😂

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  28. Reading about how we are all alike year after makes me feel like i found my people😭 I feel comfortable here rn

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  29. bruh, i came here for answers but ended up reading a full life story. 10/10 would recommend a book series based off this answer section

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