It develops internal and external conflicts as it moves toward a resolution with a surprise ending. The ironic ending forces the reader to re-evaluate his feelings about the story and look at the conflicts in a different light. Firstly, there is the obvious external conflict of war.
Given that he is a young man who had the face of student but who had become "used to looking at death," the first implication is how much war can change a person.
Here we have our protagonist, a young student full of hope and promise, becoming used to killing. The protagonist in the story, " The Sniper ," is a young man, presumably just out of school, who is fighting in the Irish Civil War.
When the sniper eventually kills his enemy, he has the impulse to see his enemy's face. When the sniper reached the laneway on the street level, he felt a sudden curiosity as to the identity of the enemy sniper whom he had killed. He decided that he was a good shot, whoever he was. He wondered did he know him.
Perhaps he had been in his own company before the split in the army. When the sniper sees his enemy, he sees "his brother's face.
He literally killed his own brother. If "brother" means something more general, such as brother in country or in humanity, then the meaning changes just a bit, suggesting that he was related to this other young man by nationality, culture, or humanity.
The overall implication is to show how war can divide a country, even a family. And with the sniper himself, the story shows how war can change a single young man into becoming used to looking at death.Fukuoka | Japan Fukuoka | Japan.
The Sniper by Liam O’Flaherty is often taught in schools as an example of situational irony. It develops internal and external conflicts as it moves toward a resolution with a surprise ending.
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The Sniper is a short story written by Irish writer Liam O'Flaherty, set during the early weeks of the Irish Civil War, during the Battle of Dublin. It is O'Flaherty's first published work of fiction, published in a small London-based socialist weekly The New Leader (12 January ) while the war it depicted was still ongoing.
The favorable notice it generated helped get other works by O'Flaherty published, and . Written by Liam O’Flaherty, The Sniper is a short, fictional story about the de-humanizing effects of war. It was originally published in in a London weekly magazine called, The New Leader.
Summary The story “The Sniper” by Liam O’Flaherty presents an event which takes place during the Irish Civil War. One night, a sniper from the Irish Republican Army spends time on a .