The suggestion of forthcoming events, or foreshadowing, usually comes at the beginning of a narrative, and such is the case in "The Sniper." Oddly enough, though, there is also an instance of foreshadowing near the end of this short story.
A frequent example of foreshadowing, the weather, begins the narrative:
Dublin lay enveloped in darkness but for the dim light of the moon that shone through fleecy clouds, casting a pale light as of approaching dawn over the streets and the dark waters of the Liffey.
That there is moonlight shining through clouds indicates that at times there is only a little light and at times there is complete darkness. Because of this lack of any real light, there is foreshadowing that something might happen in this darkness of the night. As it turns out, the sniper's draw upon his cigarette causes the tobacco to flare, alerting the enemy sniper, who aims at this light that is so glaringly apparent in the darkness. He then is able to shoot the Republican sniper...
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