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How do you think his experiences in the war have changed the sniper's attitudes towards war and family in "The Sniper"? Answer these questions with a complete paragraph (6–8 sentences).

In "The Sniper," the sniper's experiences in the war have certainly changed his attitude toward the nature of war, as he is completely revolted by "himself, the war, and everything" when he both outsmarts and out-shoots his opponent, who turns out to be his brother. We can assume that this experience has changed him from a political radical to someone who thinks that nothing is worth the bloodshed that he has experienced.

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When we join the sniper at the beginning of the short story's narrative, we are given to understand that he has already seen his fair share of war. However, his eyes still have the "cold gleam of the fanatic," meaning that he still believes that his cause for fighting is just. As a fighter for the IRA, he is fighting for Irish independence. After exchanging fire with an enemy sniper in nearly the exact same situation that he is in, his arm is fractured beyond the ability to operate his rifle. He realizes that...

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