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He Short Story “The Sniper” Essay

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The Sniper by Liam O’Flaherty
The short story “the Sniper” is written by Liam O’Flaherty. In this short story the author uses character, setting and the theme of war to increase the sense of irony at the climax.
This short story takes place in Dublin, Ireland during the time of the civil war between the two parties for and against the treaty to become countries under the British rule. There is a regional sniper on the rooftop waiting for his shot, then risks a smoke, he lights a match but the spark is noticed by the opposition sniper and is shot at. There is an armoured vehicle approaching the sniper but stops up the road and the sniper takes aim but can’t shoot as it will do not damage. An old woman appears from around the corner and is the informant and points in the direction of the sniper and the ...view middle of the document...

The sniper only had a revolver to use for his escape so he took his shot with the revolver and killed him. His assailant drops dead to the pavement from the roof with a thud. He decides to go down and find out the identity of the assailant and at the ending he finally finds out that all his efforts were to no use because he found out that he had killed his very own brother.
Early on in the short story the author uses setting to increase the sense of irony of the climax such as
“Machine guns and rifles broke the silence of the night, spasmodically, like dogs barking on lone farms”
The use of simile is used to emphasize that the guns are loud and the fighting that is going on is about nothing at all and when dogs are barking on the farms that have nothing else, they have nothing to bark at.
When the image of the sniper is appeared and described it’s as if he doesn’t care what he is about to do but he is a young man doing his job for his general.
“, but his eyes had the cold gleam of the fanatic.”
The word choice of “cold gleam” to show that he is willing to do his duty for his general and is willing to show no emotions towards his enemy. The word “fanatic” introduces the fact that he loves what he does and that he does it for a living.
When the turret opens fire, it hits the sniper and the sniper slams the rifle to the roof and the noise that it generates is loud.
“The sniper thought the noise would wake the dead.”
The use of irony in this quote is used to emphasize that the sniper is out to kill “the dead...”Also the character of the sniper is being questioned as the noise that he should make is very quiet and undetectable but he made a louder sound so he is panicky because he has been found out and caught.
“The blood was oozing through the sleeve of his coat. There was no pain just a deadened sensation, as if the arm had been cut off.”
The use of word choice of “oozing” to introduce that

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