An occurrence at owl creek is a short story by Ambrose Bierce. This story talks about a man who has been sentenced to death by an army.
A man standing on the edge of a wood plank. His wrist tied up behind. In is neck lay a rope tied up to the top of the bridge. On the other side of the plank stood an army official. This life was swinging on a seesaw. Below the bridge was a river.
Between the swing of life and death, he had the time to dream. This middle time gave him hope. Hope that almost seemed real, but was just an illusion. He believed that when the official step down and he falls deep down into the river, he would somehow manage to untie the knots that tied his hand and legs and swim across the swiftly moving river, run a few miles and reach his home to his love.
Here time gave this man hope for survival, even though he knew that he is not going get anyway out and his life was going to end in a few minutes.
We believe that “ time heals everything “. We keep hoping that as time passes situation will get better. But does time really heal? Or is it just a way console ourselves because we feel helpless.
In this story too, the man is helpless and uses the time he had, hoping he gets his last chance of survival.