In Liam O'Flaherty's "The Sniper," what does the woman symbolize?

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One of the main themes Liam O’Flaherty's examines throughout his short story "The Sniper" concerns the psychological effects of war and constant violence. In the short story, the sniper sees an armored vehicle cross the bridge and advance slowly up the street. An old woman, acting as an informant, then approaches the armored car and begins talking to an enemy soldier standing in the turret of the vehicle. The sniper then takes aim and ends up killing the soldier and the old woman, who attempts to run away. The woman's body twirls around, and she ends up lifelessly falling into a gutter.

The old woman symbolically represents both how war and constant violence dehumanizes those individuals involved in the conflict, as well as the level of...

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