An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

by

Ambrose Bierce

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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge Characters

Peyton Farquhar

Farquhar is the protagonist of the story, and indeed most of the pertinent action involves him and him alone. He’s the only character given a formal name (not even his wife gets such a courtesy)… read analysis of Peyton Farquhar

Farquhar’s Wife

Farquhar’s wife never actually enters the story. She and their children are conjured in Farquhar’s mind in the moments before his hanging, however, and become more symbol than character in the process. Nevertheless, Bierce… read analysis of Farquhar’s Wife

Union Soldiers

Farquhar has been captured by Union soldiers, defined more as a group than by any individual. Though led by a captain who commands the others and presented with specific terms here and there (a sniper… read analysis of Union Soldiers