October 11, 2004

A Perfect Example of "Less is More"

Though in some places I wish I could say the same for the text, I believe that the title of Ambrose Bierce's "An Occurence At Owl Creek Bridge" is absolutely perfect. Personally, as a reader, I love to be kept guessing, and the title of this story really started me off well. Before you even looked at the work, you really wanted to know exactly what the hell was going to happen at Owl Creek Bridge.

Not only did the title keep me wondering, but the story in itself kept me in suspense. Well, mostly anyway. The author did blatantly tell some things that could have been inferred, which brought the story down a little bit, but for the most part it wasn't bad. The ending was what really did it for me though. You thought the man had escaped the lynch, and in the end you find out that it was all just a daydream that occured while he was being hung. This is the other reason that the title is perfect...the meaning of the word occurence changes when you read further into the story. Is occurence the hanging of a man? Or the escape of a man about to be hanged? Ah, how I love to be kept wondering.

Posted by PaulCrossman at October 11, 2004 1:18 PM
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