Perspectives

In this part, we will add some points that can help you put the short story “Chickamauga” by Ambrose Bierce into perspective for you to better understand the context in which it was written.

Literary period

Ambrose Bierce is a representative author of the literary movement called Realism. This movement appeared in the mid-nineteenth century, and it is characterized by a focus on characters rather than on plot. The plot in the story is very simple, and the focus is more on the boy’s imaginary world instead of the real battle. Realism also focuses on the psychology of the characters and the author has placed his focus on the boy’s way of transforming reality into fantasy and on the reasons behind it. Realism also focuses on class and real-life events. The Battle of Chickamauga was a real-life event that happened in 1863 as part of the American Civil War.

Works with the same theme by the same author

Another short story by Ambrose Bierce which also explores the themes of war and reality versus ...

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