The Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, by Ambrose Bie Essay

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The Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, by Ambrose Bierce

"The Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," by Ambrose Bierce tells the story of a man being
executed. As the man dies he imagines his escape. Facing death, the man wants nothing more
ten to go home to his family. During his journey home, the man comes to appreciate life.
Perhaps he sees how he should have lived, only as a dying man could. When faced with death
he truly begins to realize what he has lost. This story might show us how death can
enlighten us about life.


It is said that when you die your life passes before your eyes. A similar situation occurs
in the aforementioned story. Even though the man did not see his life passing, he saw
himself living on, escaping his captors. During this imaginary journey he notices little
things about life. He holds sacred, minute details he might not have paid much attention
to during his life. Even though his liveliness is only a product of his imagination, he is
grateful to be alive. In the grasp of death he appreciates life.


Death is sometimes considered unthinkable. People do not wish to think of loved ones
dying. When someone close to us dies we are over come with sadness. We wish we had more
time with them. Their death shows us the importance of that person's role in our lives. We
begin to think of how we will live our lives without them. We think of all the moments we
shared with them, they live again in our memories. Perhaps death is considered unthinkable
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