Introduction to Literature. Lesson fifteen: Bierce Life Choices. Margarette Connor. Contents. Ambrose Bierce biography “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” discussion. Introduction.
Lesson fifteen: Bierce
Tom Redman’s modern portrait of Bierce in his army uniform based on a contemporary photograph.
Supposedly a photo of the young Bierce, but I suspect its veracity. Looks too modern for 1870s.
Perhaps this cartoon mocks the photo on the earlier slide, but it is still a recurring image for Bierce.
A photo taken with Civil War-era equipment for the new movie based on the story.
“Peace, cousin, say no more:
And now I will unclasp a secret book,
And to your quick-conceiving discontent
I’ll read you matter deep and dangerous;
As full of peril and adventurous spirit
As to o'er-walk a current roaring loud
On the unsteadfast footing of a spear.”
(Henry IV, Pt 1, 1:3, 194-200)
Worcester's draws Hotspur to join the rebellion against King Henry IV;
like Fahrquhar, Hotspur dies the victim of his own romanticism--and of the treachery of others less passionate and more calculating.
Another modern photo made in the old style for the 2001 movie version of the story. The Farhquhars in historically accurate period clothing.