How many people are on rooftops in "The Sniper?"

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kmj23 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In "The Sniper," there are two people on the rooftops. Firstly, there is a Republican sniper on a rooftop near O'Connell Bridge. He is the main character in the story. As the story progresses, a second sniper is introduced and he too is positioned on a rooftop, though not the same one as the Republican. This second sniper is a Free Stater, a member of the opposing political group.

By the end of the story, however, only one sniper remains. The Free Stater is killed by the Republican and, as a result, the story's tragic twist is revealed. As the Republican sniper makes his escape, he looks at the face of the dead sniper and finds that the Free Stater was his brother. These two men were divided by the turbulent politics of Ireland's Civil War. 

ladyvols1 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

At the beginning of the story "The Sniper," there is one sniper on the roof top." The Sniper has been positioned atop a roof in Dublin. His role in the battle is not clear, but the streets of Dublin are awash with fighting, and he likely has been assigned to shoot enemy targets in the streets below." He is careless and his cigarette gives away his position.  A soldier climbs up on the roof across from the sniper.  When the sniper shoots a soldier and an older woman in the street below, the soldier on the roof across from him is able to get a bead on him and shoots.  The sniper is wounded and must figure a way out of his situation.  Altogether there are two people on the rooftops.

szilkowsky | Student

There were two people on the rooftops in "The Sniper". There was one sniper from the Repulican and one sniper from the free state. They just happened to be brothers.

jdyck | Student

There were two people on the roof top. One sniperer was from the Republican and one was from the free state. These two people were brothers.

catron | Student

There are a maximum of two people on the rooftops of the "The Sniper" the Republican sniper and the other Free State sniper.