2. Describe the physical setting of the story. Which words or descriptions contribute to the emotional setting or mood? What is the mood that results from the author’s use of description?
The setting of this story is a dark summer night in Dublin. The emotional mood of this story is dark. The authors use of description makes the mood dark, dreary and gloomy. A quote that contributes to the mood is “The long June twilight faded into the night. Dublin lay enveloped in darkness but for the dim light of the moon that shone through fleecy clouds, casting a pale light as of approaching dawn over the streets and the dark waters of the Liffey. Around the beleaguered Four Courts the heavy guns roared. Here and there through the city, machine guns and rifles broke the silence of the night, spasmodically, like dogs barking on lone farms. Republicans and Free Staters were waging civil war.”
3. What is the theme? How do the final lines of the story influence the meaning or theme of the story?
My opinion is that the theme would be: violence is not worth your time and it is very unnecessary; and division.
“the sniper turned over the dead body and looked his brother in the face” that quote helps influence the theme by furthering the fact that violence is unnecessary and ends in heart break. The man who used violence, ended up with a dead brother
4. What techniques does the author use to create a surprise ending?
5. Were you surprised by the twist? If so, why? If not, what should the author have done to make the ending more surprising and effective?
Yes I was very surprised by the twist in the story. I actually thought that the whole story would end after he shot the soldier, or that he would find out that he shot a stranger or something. Not his brother.
6. What was your experience in reading this story? Did it evoke fear or physically have an effect on you? Why or why not?