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by Liam O’Flaherty

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In Liam O'Flaherty's "The Sniper," how does this story use irony?

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Irony is the difference between what one expects to happen and what actually happens. For example, when a fireman's house burns down, this is an example of irony. If a thief's house is robbed, this also is an example of irony.

In Liam O'Flaherty's short story "The Sniper," the major irony is what happens in the story that is totally unexpected by the reader.

The Republican sniper is the man that the author describes, whose progress he follows in detail. The other sniper is considered the enemy sniper. 

O'Flaherty artfully weaves a tale of an IRA sniper in Dublin during the Irish civil wars, around 1922. By providing very little information about the other sniper, the reader concentrates primarily on the actions and reactions of the Republican sniper. He is described as a fanatic. He is filled with excitement, so much so that he didn't eat before he climbed to the roof to watch for Free Staters or...

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