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An Analysis Of “The Sniper”

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“The Sniper” is a short story written by Liam O’Flaherty that was released on January 12, 1923 in an issue of a weekly socialist publication, called The New Leader. It’s a very easy read with a surprise twist at the end that I felt complimented what the author was trying to convey about civil wars. I enjoyed reading this story because of its militaristic and subtle political theme. It shows what humans are when conflict stirs. A huge downside to civil war is brought to the surface with this story’s surprise ending. I would recommend reading this because I believe it really shows the true nature behind wars and the effect it can have upon humans involved in wars. Being threatened for your ...view middle of the document...

The point of view this story is written in is third person limited. It’s telling the reader what is going on with the main characters, but without giving much of any other information. Such as when it tells us that the sniper put his cap on his rifle and used it to trick the enemy marksman. It’s telling the reader what is happening, but it’s not going all out and saying what the main character was thinking when he was doing it.
The style of The Sniper is a fitting one for the story. It tells the reader quick and short bits of information. “The bullet had lodged in the bone. It must have fractured it. He bent the arm below the wound. The arm bent back easily. He ground his teeth to overcome the pain.” It’s as if it’s telling the information to the reader like they’re quickening heartbeats that really build up the suspense. It really makes you want to keep reading further and further to find out what’s going to happen. The story also uses a lot of imagery to open up the readers mind so they can feel what it’s like inside what the author was trying to depict. “Here and there through the city, machine guns and rifles broke the silence of the night, spasmodically, like dogs barking on lone farms.” Whenever I read this at the beginning of the story it instantly painted a picture in my mind of what I was supposed to be seeing. It really set the mood as well because it’s almost as if you’re actually there, and can feel the tension in the authors words.
The structure is pretty straightforward for a suspenseful story. It just keeps climbing higher and higher until the climax finally happens. The cigarette giving away his position, the armored car rolling...

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