War can destroy a man both in body and mind for the rest of his life. In "The Sniper," Liam O'Flaherty suggests the horror of war not only by presenting its physical dangers, but also by showing its psychological effects. We are left to wonder which has the longer lasting effectthe visible physical scars or the ones on the inside? In this story the author shows how location plays a big part in how physically dangerous a war is. Gunshots heard throughout the city are a sign of how close the fighting between the "Republicans and Free Staters " is to innocent citizens (this is most often the case in civil war). The sniper's positioning "on a rooftop near O'Connell Bridge" is very dangerous, for he can see everyone who enters the town, but they cannot see him. " Machine guns and rifles " are the weapons of choice in this story; very dangerous, for they are very strong guns that are "true" war weapons. As evidenced above, location plays a big part in how dangerous a war is. Bullets, of course, are another big danger in war. The author shows with bullets how close you are to death in a war. In the event where the sniper lights his cigarette, he is twice almost killed with the "enemy" sniper's bullets! The sniper's own bullets are quite dangerous, too, as seen when he easily kills the tank commander and citizen woman informer. After shooting them, the "enemy" sniper sees him, and "His forearm [is] dead." This is considered lucky as far as war goes, though, for instead of just having a broken arm he could be dead! The sniper brushes with death again when he throws his revolver down without thinking and it goes off. Bullets make a war very deadly, as they are much more precise than earlier and much simpler weapons (such as swords and muskets). The psychological effects of war bring on a very different aspect of horror. The sniper becomes quite fanatical about his job in the war. He gets very excited over the thrill of the kill, turning his job into a
By: Liam O’flaherty
A story about the Irish Civil War.
The story takes place in Dublin around the beleaguered Four Courts in the middle of
The City where gunfire of heavy guns, machine guns and rifles break the silence of the
Night, spasmodically, like dogs barking on lone farms.
The long June twilight faded into night. Dublin lay enveloped in darkness but for the dim
Light of the moon that shone through fleecy clouds, casting pale light as of approaching
Honors English 1
February 22, 2014
War can either tear friends and family apart or bring them close together. In “The Sniper” by Liam O’Flaherty, the sniper faces a surprise after deciding to go look at the enemy sniper. In the end of the story, it explains how the enemy sniper was the shooter’s brother. The theme of “The Sniper” is that war changes people and separates families because the sniper shot his own brother, and was mentally effected throughout the story….
PLOT SUMMARY: In Ireland, two snipers engage in a civil war.
“The long June twilight faded into 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.” ¶. 1
Negative, Dark, Aggressive, Forceful, Sad
2. Point of View
“He was eating a sandwich hungrily. He had eaten nothing since morning. He had….
character is introduced as a Republican sniper; the author describes the setting and explains describes the antagonist, saying he has “the face of a student, thin and ascetic, but his eyes had the cold gleam of the fanatic”. Readers Interest: Low
Trigger Incident: The antagonist is debating amongst himself if he should risk lighting a cigarette and he does. Immediately a bullet hits the parapet beside him, which introduces us to the main conflict, the enemy sniper. Readers Interest: Medium
takes place in Dublin, Ireland during the 1920's where a Republican sniper is involved with a terrible accident. He suffers dramatic injury to the soul and heart when someone that he loves dearly is shot. The story's theme is intensified through situational irony, which shows the pointlessness of armed conflict.
<br>Unexpected senseless occurrences happen when situational irony comes to effect. Like the time the Republican sniper unnecessarily lights up a smoke, which glows and shows his location….
Civil War defines as a war between citizens of the same country.
There are circumstances under which I would fight to overthrow the government, say that the government is violating the amendments and the rights of people. If the government amends the law in a controversial way, it may cause uproar within the public. As the government changes the law, it affects the public’s way of doing and thinking. When people don’t like the change they tend to radically rebel. Like I….
The story ends ironically when the IRA sniper realizes that the enemy he killed was his own brother. But there are larger ironies here: first, that all of the sniper’s Free State enemies are, in a sense, his brothers, for they had been comrades in arms fighting for the same cause; second, that all men are brothers as descendants of Adam and Eve. When they fight, they become Cain and Abel. No doubt, the IRA sniper now wonders about the identities of the turret gunner, the old woman, and the person….
The sniper essay
The Sniper is a short story about a sniper, set in the Irish civil war The author uses
characterization, symbolism and third person limited point of view to develop the central theme of
the horrors of war. The main character in the story is the mysterious Sniper, who
is serving active duty in the Irish Civil War for the Republicans in Dublin. The story opens with the
Sniper attempting to eat….
The Sniper Questions
1. The names of the two sides involved in the conflict are the “Republicans” and the “Free Staters”. The protagonist (main character) is on the Republican side.
2. The story is set at night. The text states that “machine guns and rifles broke the silence of the night.” (O’ Flaherty 1) I believe that this is the case because they are fighting a civil war and the darkness makes the plot more intense since he decides to take a risk of lighting a cigarette.
3. The snipers….
The Blindness of War
In Liam O’ Flaherty’s short story “The Sniper”, two strangers in an irish civil war, embarrass in a conflict between themselves. The story has a more true and deeper meaning, how war can be so blind and numb to the body. How war can bring two strangers completely opposite from each other, together to find out what war actually is. The short story is truing to send out a true message to the world. That war is truly brother against brother and that it is not necessary in the….