by Ambrose Bierce
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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
- Ambrose Bierce
"Occurance at Owl Creek Bridge" by Ambrose Bierce is a fast-paced short story about the last seconds of life. It is known for its surprise ending and non-linear timeline.Pair “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” with “A Horseman in the Sky” and ask students to compare these two works by the same author. Do they share any similar themes or other literary devices?
For Many Returning Vets, 'Moral Injury' Just As Difficult
- Rachel Martin (Host)
For a veteran returning home from Afghanistan or Iraq, the mental trauma of having killed someone can be just as devastating as physical injury. The Department of Veteran Affairs has called this problem “moral injury,” but some veterans think this phrase minimizes the horror of killing. In 2013, Timothy Kudo, a former Marine captain, wrote an opinion piece for The Washington Post about grappling with moral injury. In this text, he shares his experience with NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel MartinPair “For Many Returning Vets, ‘Moral Injury’ Just as Difficult” with “A Horseman in the Sky” and ask students to discuss the psychological effects of war.
Excerpt from The Tragedy of Julius Caesar: Act III, Scenes I & II
- William Shakespeare
In this excerpt from Shakespeare’s historical play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, the titular Roman dictator faces death and betrayal on the Ides of March.Pair “Horseman in the Sky” with “Excerpts from The Tragedy of Julius Caesar: Act III, Scenes I & II” and ask students to discuss the themes of conflict in both texts. How do the prominent characters in both passages balance personal and national loyalties? What do they choose and why?
O Captain! My Captain!
- Walt Whitman
A sailor grieves the loss of his captain in this poem that symbolizes the American experience of making it through the Civil War.Pair “A Horseman in the Sky” with “O Captain! My Captain!” and ask students to compare and contrast the symbolism used in the two sources.
What Made Aldrich Ames Tick?
- Mike Kubic
Why did Aldrich Ames, former C.I.A. agent, betray his country to spy for the K.G.B.?Pair “A Horseman in the Sky” with “What Made Aldrich Ames Tick” and ask students to discuss the different loyalties that are maintained and betrayals that are made. Are people more willing to betray their family? Their ideals? Their country?