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stray | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 8, 2008 at 10:15 AM via web

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If You Were the Sniper in the Story...?

If you were like the sniper in the story, what would you do and think if you discovered that you had just shot and killed your brother (or sister)?

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kwoo1213 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted October 8, 2008 at 10:32 AM (Answer #2)

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That is hard to imagine, isn't it?  I am very close with my brother and 2 sisters, so if I had been the sniper and had unknowingly murdered one of my siblings, I would be absolutely devastated.  I would not be able to live with myself, truthfully.  It is just such an unimaginable thing to think about that I honestly do not know with certainty how I would react.  I do know that I would never put myself in that position as the sniper did, though!

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copelmat | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted September 23, 2010 at 11:03 AM (Answer #3)

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It's difficult to imagine being in such a horrific situation; however, I think this is one of the elements that makes this short story so powerful. I can only imagine that if I had been the sniper the rest of my life would be consumed with guilt and remorse for what I had done, likely changing my entire life-view on the war, politics, and all that had driven me to fight in the first place.

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted October 25, 2010 at 2:11 PM (Answer #4)

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What we need to think about here are two issues. One since this was a civil war there is a very good likelihood that the dead soldier was literally the sniper's brother. On the otherhand, the connection could have been more symbolical in that the sniper looked into the dead man's face, and saw someone caught up in something beyond himself and they were symbolically brothers. Which is it?

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 12, 2010 at 4:36 AM (Answer #5)

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Whilst I think the possibility of there being brothers symbolically is perhaps there in the text, my own personal opinion is that they were brothers literally to highlight the tragedy of civil war that divides families. Obviously, the sniper would be devastated and find it very difficult to work out how to live the rest of his life. I mean, how would you face your family knowing that you had killed your parents' son?

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kaustubhbhatter | Student, Grade 10 | Salutatorian

Posted November 12, 2010 at 6:21 AM (Answer #6)

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See, I will be very straight forward .... THere are 2 things I would do ...

  1. Either I would have suicided. This is true because with such a mental pressure it is very difficult to live. It is so difficult to loose your monetary possessions that you have obtained throughout your life; so it will be a lot more difficult to see the person with whom you have grown, die due to your own hands.
  2. I could have also adopted a orphan. I would consider him by brother(or sister).
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akashbagri | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted January 4, 2011 at 7:43 PM (Answer #7)

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If You Were the Sniper in the Story...?

If you were like the sniper in the story, what would you do and think if you discovered that you had just shot and killed your brother (or sister)?

That is hard to imagine, isn't it?  I am very close with my brother and 2 sisters, so if I had been the sniper and had unknowingly murdered one of my siblings, I would be absolutely devastated.  I would not be able to live with myself, truthfully.  It is just such an unimaginable thing to think about that I honestly do not know with certainty how I would react.  I do know that I would never put myself in that position as the sniper did, though!

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