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Explain the theme of futility of war in "The Sniper" by Liam O'Flaherty.

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rushaami | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 1, 2011 at 6:15 PM via web

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Explain the theme of futility of war in "The Sniper" by Liam O'Flaherty.

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debashreebanerjee | Student, Grade 10 | Honors

Posted November 1, 2011 at 7:47 PM (Answer #1)

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In 'The Sniper', Liam O'Flaherty brings out the futility of war in a series of events. The gruesome fact that the sniper ends up killing his own brother indeed establishes that war is a futile aataempt where one doesn't know who he is fighting against. It is a double-edged sword and a controversial dilemma which surpasses every human emotion and scientific logic.

The Irish civil war that was supposed to be beneficial, opened up several rifts in the Irish society rendering Ireland weak and devastated. People were conpletely famished and emaciated.

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nature19 | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted November 15, 2011 at 10:12 AM (Answer #2)

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Another theme of the story is that wars splits apart more than countries, but families too.

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