...Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” the dying man thinks of his wife fondly. Unlike the characters mentioned above, he is not trying to escape his marriage. Rather, he is trying to escape his circumstances by daydreaming of his happy home.
Peyton Farquhar’s escape in Ambrose Bierce’s story is short-lived, but it is effective. He is able to distance himself from the pain of his execution and return home to the family that he loves. And he ultimately dies, which is another kind of escape... I. Several stories we have read present marriage in a negative light, including Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper.” In this story,marriage is seen as a prison. The narrator’s husband forces her to...