Could PeytonFarqhar be considered a "hero" in the real sense of the word? Or was he acting illegally?The story is "An Occurrence at Owl Creek…

Could PeytonFarqhar be considered a "hero" in the real sense of the word? Or was he acting illegally?The story is "An Occurrence at Owl Creek…

Could PeytonFarqhar be considered a "hero" in the real sense of the word? Or was he acting illegally?The story is "An Occurrence at Owl Creek…

Could PeytonFarqhar be considered a "hero" in the real sense of the word? Or was he acting illegally?The story is "An Occurrence at Owl Creek…

From a Confederate viewpoint, Peyton Farquar–the protagonist of Ambrose Bierce’s unforgettable short story, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”–is a hero. From a Union point of view, he is nothing but a cowardly spy. As a spy caught in civilian clothing, a hanging was his due reward; it was probably considered illegal according to both Union civilian and military laws, though spying has been a widely used practice for centuries. As a native Alabaman and Confederate sympathizer, Farquar probably considered it his duty to take this action, though the story notes that he would have preferred the more visible glories of the battlefield. But sympathetic eyes were needed behind enemy lines, so Farquar chose this method to serve the Confederacy. Like the famed American Revolutionary War spy Nathan Hale, who was immortalized for giving his one life for his country, Farquar was both a hero to his new nation and an illegal participant in the eyes of his enemy.
Could PeytonFarqhar be considered a "hero" in the real sense of the word? Or was he acting illegally?The story is "An Occurrence at Owl Creek…
Could PeytonFarqhar be considered a "hero" in the real sense of the word? Or was he acting illegally?The story is "An Occurrence at Owl Creek…
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Could PeytonFarqhar be considered a "hero" in the real sense of the word? Or was he acting illegally?The story is "An Occurrence at Owl Creek…
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