Storyboard depicting the main plot story of An Occurrence at owl creek bridge.
In Nothern Alabama during the time of the civil war, Peyton Farquhar a civilian, a planter, is stood upon a railroad bridge. His hands are tied to his front and a rope closely encircled his neck. His executioners are private soldiers of the Federal army.
(Flashback) Farquhar is experiencing man vs society conflict. He was informed by a passer-by, a federal scout, about the actions of the Northern forces concerning the bridge. Farquhar was aware of the consequences his actions would bring however he felt the need to involve himself. (Flashback ends)
"What splendid effort--what magnificent, what superhuman strength! Ah, that was a fine endeavor! Bravo! The cord fell away;" From this point onward, we were given the impression that Peyton had been free from the noose and had fallen into the water, making his escape.
"He stands at the gates of his own home. All is as he left it, and all bright and beautiful in the morning sunshine." " He pushes open the gate and Passes up the wide walk, he sees a flutter of female garments; his wife, looking fresh and cool". The story indicates that Peyton is back with his wife following a tremendous, tiring, escape.
"As he is about to clasp her he feels a stunning blow upon the back of the neck; a blinding white light blazes all about him with a sound like the shock of a cannon-all is darkness and silence." Peyton is now out of his thoughts and back in reality.
The previous scenes were only in Farquhar's imagination. He was really hung from the bridge and he was only trying to die with a positive thought in mind. That thought was his wife. "Peyton Farquhar was dead; his body, with a broken neck, swung gently from side to side beneath the Owl Creek Bridge.