The Sniper Essay

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War is very freighting and horrific. There are various obstacles that soldiers must face while on the battlefield, Many of these are physical and psychological. The dangers may be catching a bullet, dying alone, hunger, or solitude. Liam O'Flaherty brings theses issues to reality in "The Sniper." O'Flaherty suggests the horrors of war by presenting both its physical dangers and psychological dangers. The snipers location presents physical danger and psychological danger. The story is placed in Dublin Ireland during the 1920's, when the civil war breaks out with the fight between the Free State and The British Commonwealth. "Dublin lay enveloped in darkness" His location on top of the roof near O'Connel bridge makes him an easy target. "Almost immediately, a bullet flattened itself against the parapet." The sniper is almost killed instantly by another sniper from across the street when he lights his cigarette, the only light in the darkness. His location has made it hard for him to eat because he is preoccupied with his job as a sniper. He eats a sandwich hungrily and has not not eaten since morning, because of his excitement form the war. He then turns to drinking whisky from his flask and enjoys his drink before going back to his devotion of watching for enemies The Sniper continues to watch and sits in solitude, as every move he makes he has to watch himself. " There was a flash and a bullet whizzed over his head." He is even I danger as he carefully...

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