How did the Republican sniper manage to escape?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The issue of escape in the case of the Republican sniper has both a literal and symbolic aspect to it.  On the literal level, the Republican sniper is able to escape the hail of gunfire as he moves across the street.  While "the upper part of the street" featured "heavy firing," the sniper was able to take advantage of this and move quickly to the other side of the street.  He "darted across the street" and while "a machine gun tore up the ground around him with a hail of bullets," the speed of the sniper enables him to escape.  With this, he quickly thrown himself "downward besides the corpse" and thus manages to escape.

Yet, it is precisely in this where the sniper is unable to escape.  The sniper looks into his brother's face when he sees the corpse.  It is here where the sniper cannot morally escape the consequences of his actions.  He is able to live and is able to survive.  Yet, from a moral or ethical point of view, he is condemned and can never escape being his brother's murderer.  It is in this where the story makes clear that there can be no ethical or moral winners in war.  There are only those who lose, as the survivors must spiritually reconcile their role as part of the war machinery of negation and death.  It is in this where the Republican sniper is unable to escape the consequences of his actions.