In becoming a printers devil for a Northern Indianapolis Abolitionist Newspaper gave background for the interest in writing and the agreement in the Abolistionist view point.
Heeding to the call to arms to help defend the North.,Bierce joined the Army
The next four years were spent traveling the states fighting in some of the most well known battles of the Civil War . Ambrose Bierce’s experience during the Civil War where he faced the dangers of nature and man influenced his writing.
After being struck in the head by a bullet during a battle, the recouperating time gave Bierce time to write calling on his actual war time memories and experiences to fuel the ideas for these tales.
Thes e stories were actually an outlet for the horrors that were witnessed ,and lived daily by Bierce, and were not published until quite a while later in Bierces life.
Bierce lost friends during battles , and saw men loose limbs and sustain serious injuries
The story an Occurrence at Owl creek bridge, shows how a man , named Farquhar when
faced with his own demise, grasps at any concept of freedom and safety to help him cope
with his eminent reality. knows Farqhar is about to be hung , but in his mind as the
noose is placed around his neck and the boards on the bridge begin to be kicked aside
from under his feet,he starts to think of alternative ways in which he can be saved from
Only Bierce with his satirical sense of humor would actually make Farqhar
think he will escape his fate , when there isn’t and actual chance to survive.
The irony of Farqhar actually imagining his escape , the struggles that he
faces while making this escape , making it safely to his own home
and the arms of his awaiting wife , only to be jerked back into reality with a sharp
pain leading to a flash of his life gone by, as the hangman’s noose sealed his fate.
As stated by critic Cathy Davidson, “he invented many literary techniques:the close
examination of time ;an attention to mental fictions in order to avoid real life:the
blending of fantasy and reality “.
Another example of this literary technique, is in the short story “Chicamuga”where the
six year old character of the story ,has a vivid imagination about war and how it is fought .
He sneaks away from his parents plantation armed with a toy wooden sword ready to
engage in battle. In his imaginary battle he comes across wounded men . They were
wounded and killed in a battle, nearby his home. The boy considers these men as just part
of his imaginary play , running around and showing his wooden sword victoriously ,until
he stumbles upon more dead in the nearby creek . He is still daydreaming about the battle
he fought and won when he is intrigued by the glow of fire in the forest . Still not
realizing that it was familiar surroundings he marches on thinking about the
battle he just won, until he starts to...