ENGL 1010 L04
Essay 1 Final Draft
26 February 2015
The American Sniper: Superhero or Namby-Pamby?
The release of the recent film, American Sniper, featuring the life of the late Chris Kyle, America’s most lethal sniper, raises opinions among viewers concerning whether snipers are heroes or cowards. American military snipers should be regarded as heroes since they are required to complete hellacious training, and their character displays that of extraordinary courage; furthermore, they risk their lives to save the lives of fellow soldiers who are fighting for Americans’ freedom.
American military snipers should be regarded as heroes since they are able to complete hellacious training. Every branch of the military requires the need for snipers. To be a qualified sniper, rookies must manage intense physical training and attend five, long weeks of harsh training at U.S. Army Sniper School. Before a student can be considered for attendance to Sniper School, he must pass a mental examination and meet strict qualifications. These classes focus on mental and strength training and have a relatively high dropout rate. Upon completion of physical training, students attend Sniper School where they are taught essential skills to improve memory, observation, and marksmanship. Sniping requires learning and repetitiously practicing skills until they are mastered. After graduation, snipers must constantly practice and update their skills. This training develops an all ready, unique individual into a highly, skilled sharp-shooter, which can only be completed by a hero, not a feeble coward.
Another key point that validates snipers as heroes is American military snipers display extraordinary courage. As part of their jobs, American military snipers are obliged to kill enemies who are threats to American soldiers. Consequently, snipers complete their mission regardless of personal fears, difficulties, and consequences. Chris Kyle once stated, “The...
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