Cameron Green: Extender

This book is like many commercials that I have seen where the man is going to be hung, but he gets out of it in someway. Another example of this is the movie Pirates of the Caribbean where the pirates escape the hanging.

The is story is also like the story of Marathon where the man ran all the way to Sparta and died after he sent them the message about the Persian trying to invade Athens.

This story is also like Romeo and Juliet where the Prince(the government in this story) told the people not to do something or they will be sentenced to death, but they still did it and they payed the price in someway.

In the story the man is probably dying for his own cause and examples of other people doing this are Nathan Hill who was caught by the British as a spy and hung. Joan of Arc was killed for her cause when she was burned at the stake because she was captured fighting for France.

Cameron's questions:
Level 1: Define diminuendo?
Level 2: Why do you think they hung people when they interfered with the railroad?
Level 3: How do you think the wife felt when her husband died?


vocabulary builder: Kevin Bromberger.

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.

By: Ambrose Bierce, 1890.


  1. commanding- requiring or claiming more than is generally felt by others to be due. The captin was commanding when giving firing procedures. "The officer," he reasoned, "will not make that martinet's error a second time. It is as easy to dodge a volley as a single shot. He has probably already given the command to fire at will. God help me, I cannot dodge them all!""

  2. hopeless- in a lack of hope. Peyton was hopeless with the noose around his neck he placed hi finale thoughts on his family

  3. weak- not strong; breakable. Peyton was mentally and physically weak by the end of his trek (although it was just a dream)

  4. serious- not trifling.the captain and all his men on post at the bridge were very serious about there job and what they were doing.

  5. nervous-highly excitable; unnaturally or acutely uneasy or apprehensive. Peyton was nervous while standing out on the plank hanging of the bridge; he was nervous enough to think about freeing his hands and pulling off the noose in an attempt to save his own life

  6. calm-freedom from agitation, excitement, or passion; tranquility; serenity; once he lost physical control over his body it hung there still and calm.

  7. cruel- willfully or knowingly causing pain or distress to others. It is a cruel way of killing some one yet is part of war

  8. evil- morally wrong or bad; immoral; wicked. The fact that the army was executing people just for interfering with the railroad he didn't even go through with his plan to burn the bridge and yet he was still put to death.

  9. responsible- answerable or accountable, as for something within one's power. The captain was responsible for the protection of the railroad the bridge and all his men, so he didn't have time to deal with any one like Peyton who was trying to undermine the whole advance of the army by just taking out the bridge so the captain made the responsible decision.



    Kevin's questions:
    Level 1: why was Peyton hung?
    Level 2:infer what would have happened if Peyton decided to escape?
    Level 3: what do you think goes through the captains head before, during, and after each execution?


Image Finder: Chandler Carrera


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A Railroad Bridge like the one in the story.




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The Sargent's Rank who was directing the two private soldiers in the story.

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A Rifle that the soldiers used in the story


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The instrument they would have used to hang the man in the story.

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Owl Creek like in the story.

Questions:
1. Define Famishing.
2. infer why the man passed out while falling.
3. Imagine you in the man being that's being hung situation. What would you feel, say, think?