An Occurence At Owl Creek Bridge By Ambrose Bierce

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Dream and Reality.
The short story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce, exemplifies the idea of dream versus reality. A dream is believe that comes from the deepest stage of your mind. Is based on ideas, emotions and sensations that sometimes are related to our real life or just a fantasy. Reality is a succession of events that exist.
The short story starts by creating curiosity with the revelation that a man will be hung in the owl creek bridge. At that moment the reader does not know the reasons for which the man will be sentenced. In the second section, the name of the man who will be hanged is mentioned, the motives for his crime and how he was captured. The final section illustrates the struggle Peyton Farquhar was facing and the events that went through your mind at that moment. He imagined/dream that he escape and peaceful return to their home. But the reality is another and his life ends in darkness and silence. (Bierce 201-209)
Ambrose Bierce
Ambrose Bierce was born in a farm (in Horse Cave Creek), in Meigs County, Ohio and grew up in Kosciusko County, Indiana. In 1859, Bierce joins the Military School of Kentucky, where his stay was cut short prematurely because of an accident, supposedly intentional that ended up by setting fire to the establishment. At the beginning of the American Civil War, on April 19, 1861, Bierce enlisted in the 9th Regiment volunteer infantry of Indiana, then he earned the promotion to captain. Being days later lawyer, in January 1865, he obtained a promotion to Commander. After that he became known as a journalist, he collaborated with The Argonaut, The Overland Monthly and New Letters, and he was selected director in 1868. In October 1913, Bierce departed Washington D. C. to explore the ancient fields of battle of the Civil War. In December he crossed Mexico to El Paso, which by then was in development. In Ciudad Juárez he joined Pancho Villa's army as an observer, to Chihuahua, where his trace disappears. The last recorded action was a letter that he wrote to a friend, dated 26 December. It is one of the most famous disappearances in the history of literature: H. P. Lovecraft refers to it in his novel The Lurker in the Threshold, 1945.
Dream
Dreams occur as a result of a complicated process that involves the memory and the hippocampus, a region of the brain associated with memory, according to an investigation by Canadian scientists has determined. This research has been established also that memories with which we dream may have a length of up to one week, which unveiled the operation so far hidden memory: our memories become a region of the brain to another before being stored and we dream with them during that interval. Our everyday life is the seedbed of our dreams. The experiences that we have throughout the day are usually the origin of the images that we generate while we sleep.
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