“A Horseman in the Sky”
In “A Horseman in the Sky,” by Ambrose Bierce, we learn that the Union soldier Carter Druse, the main character, must shoot the horseman sitting astride his steed at the top of a cliff overlooking a valley far below. He anguishes over such a terrible duty, but in the end remembers his Confederate father’s words: “. . . and whatever may occur, do what you conceive to be your duty.” Carter does his duty and pulls the trigger but shoots the horse, sending horse and rider over the cliff — a horseman in the sky — to their deaths. At story’s end, we learn from Carter that the rider atop the horse was his father.
In a paragraph, explain the terrible irony that we readers realize at story’s end. In a second paragraph, discuss whether Carter Druse did the right and noble thing. Would you have been able to do what he did?
Compose your paragraphs in Notepad first and save the document as horseman. Before posting your comment, have two other classmates, whom I will assign, read and proof your response. Last, proofread your own paragraphs one last time and then post them. Remember, each paragraph must have a topic sentence, and all the other sentences in the paragraph must develop that topic.