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What is the conflict of The Sniper?

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lyssa-baby-x0x | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 2, 2008 at 5:02 AM via web

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What is the conflict of The Sniper?

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lm4242 | Student | eNoter

Posted May 22, 2012 at 9:38 PM (Answer #1)

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I'm pretty sure you're asking for the conflict not what the story is about.

Conflicts can be categorized into three major forms:

External: --> man vs. man

              --> man vs. nature

Internal: --> man vs. himself

In the short story "The Sniper", the conflict is external and man vs. man.  The Republican sniper vs. the enemy sniper.  The two snipers are in war and fighting against each other until one is killed.

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pmiranda2857 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 2, 2008 at 5:05 AM (Answer #2)

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The conflict in The Sniper arises out of the Irish civil war, where, literally the fight in Ireland was brother against brother. It is difficult to know who the enemy is in a fight of this kind.

In the story, a sniper is perched on a roof, watching for enemy activity in the town below.  He spots an old woman, who appears to be helping the enemy. He shoots at the soldier she spoke to and then shoots her.

Then an enemy sniper fires a shot from a neighboring rooftop and the sniper is hit.  After a long drawn out process the sniper finally fires and hits the enemy sniper, killing the man who falls off the roof. 

When the Sniper, the narrator, ends up shooting his enemy, he goes down from the rooftop to look at the face of the enemy that he killed. When he turns the body over, he discovers that the enemy that he shot is in fact his own brother.

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syeda1997 | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted February 21, 2013 at 2:39 AM (Answer #4)

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the conflict would be Man vs. Man which is the Sniper vs. his brother. 

in this story, the main character is caught in a life or death situation and it comes down to killing someone or being killed himself.  He and another sniper are both on different rooftops.  The sniper shoots and kills an enemy soldier and in the end of the story discovers he has killed his brother.  The story simply ends with "Then the sniper turned over the dead body and looked into his brother's face."

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asorrell | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted November 2, 2008 at 5:12 AM (Answer #3)

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The Sniper is set during the Irish civil war.  Just like in any civil war, neighbors, friends, and family often found themselves on opposite sides of the war. 

In this story, the main character is caught in a life or death situation and it comes down to killing someone or being killed himself.  He and another sniper are both on different rooftops.  The sniper shoots and kills an enemy soldier and in the end of the story discovers he has killed his brother.  The story simply ends with "Then the sniper turned over the dead body and looked into his brother's face."

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