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3. Utopian Promise   

3. Gothic Undercurrents

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Ambrose Bierce - Author Questions

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  1. Comprehension: How does the ending of "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" change your sense of what happens earlier in the story?

  2. Context: How might it matter that this story takes place in the South? How does this story relate to the Core Context "Swamps, Dismal and Otherwise" and the South's conflicting senses of identity?

  3. Exploration: What does this story seem to be saying about perception and knowledge? We typically assume that perception precedes knowledge: I know the truth because I have seen it. To what extent does "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" argue that the opposite is sometimes true? You might compare it to the stories by Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne in this regard.

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