The Sniper Questions and Answers
by Liam O’Flaherty

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How does the short story, "The Sniper," relate to other texts?

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Liam O'Flaherty's short story "The Sniper" is essentially anti-war. It portrays a sniper alone on a rooftop during the Irish Civil War. Although he is successful in killing his enemies, the horrors of war eventually get to him as demonstrated in this paragraph:

The sniper looked at his enemy falling and he shuddered. The lust of battle died in him. He became bitten by remorse. The sweat stood out in beads on his forehead. Weakened by his wound and the long summer day of fasting and watching on the roof, he revolted from the sight of the shattered mass of his dead enemy. His teeth chattered, he began to gibber to himself, cursing the war, cursing...

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