Tuesday: Introduce Realism and Ambrose Bierce; Begin the short story, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”; Discuss Bierce’s use of imagery; Discuss flashback.
Wednesday: Conclude “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”; Analyze the use of foreshadowing.
Thursday: Watch the short film, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”; Compare/Contrast how symbols are used in the text/film. Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHqnSX4SJ_
Friday: Introduce and review writing prompts for “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.”
"An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" Literary Analysis Directions: You are to compose a literary analysis 1 ½ to 2 ½ pages in length in MLA format on one of the following prompts. This analysis must be submitted to Turnitin.com by February 25, 2016 by 11:59 pm.
Prompt 1: Compose a well-written essay analyzing how Bierce thematically conveys his view of the military and war in his short story, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.” Be sure to determine and articulate Bierce’s view and then analyze how Bierce uses literary techniques (such as figurative language, plot elements, arrangement, allusion, characterization, symbolism, imagery, etc.) to develop this theme. Support your responses with examples from the text.
Prompt 2: Compose a well-written essay analyzing the literary techniques Bierce employs to create and maintain suspense in his short story, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.” You may want to consider imagery, arrangement, characterization, as well as plot elements. Support your responses with examples from the text.
Prompt 3: Even though upon first reading the conclusion of Bierce’s story comes as a shock, after close reading, readers discover that Bierce foreshadows the ending through a variety of literary techniques including imagery, preternatural plot elements, allusion, etc. Compose a well-written essay analyzing the techniques Bierce implements that contribute to foreshadowing the ending. Support your responses with examples from the text.
Prompt 4: Compare and contrast how suspense is created and maintained in the text and film versions of ‘An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.” Focus on symbolism, characterization, and/or imagery.