Describe the main character in "The Sniper."

Describe the main character in "The Sniper."

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The main character in the "The Sniper" is the Republican sniper.  Very little direct characterization is done by the author, so much of the reader's impressions of him come from how he acts.  

Physically, we know that the sniper is male.  We know that he is thin and young looking as well because the story tells us those details.  

His face was the face of a student, thin and ascetic, but his eyes had the cold gleam of the fanatic.

More than likely, the sniper is young, but it is possible that he simply looks like a young student as well.  As for being thin, that is probably a result of not being able to get a minimum calorie intake during wartime.  The rest of the above quote gives readers a look into the sniper's personality.  "The cold gleam of the fanatic" tells us that the sniper is passionately devoted to one of two things.  First, he could be devoted to the cause.  Second, he could simply be a fanatic about killing people, and that is why he is a sniper.  Either way readers...

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