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by Liam O’Flaherty

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Explain the change of the Republican sniper from a fanatic to a sensitve human being, in "The Sniper," with suitable examples.  

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Liam O'Flaherty presents the protagonist of his short story, "The Sniper," as a fanatic:

...his eyes had the cold gleam of a fanatic.

The sniper's behavior, so driven and blinded to the value of human life, shows him to be little more than a killing machine. He is like a war-ravaged soldier who has seen a great deal of death but knows how to survive. He is very good at what he does, as seen when he kills the man in the tank and the woman who tries to identify his whereabouts on the roof.

The sniper is not invincible: another excellent sniper shoots him in the arm, and the reader might believe he is incapacitated. Nothing is farther from the truth: what he lacks now in physical capability he makes up for in sheer determination.

His reaction to killing the tank driver and the informer, and what he experiences when he takes out the sniper, are very different. (We might even see this as foreshadowing .) Where the earlier deaths were handled in a business-like fashion,...

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