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Provide two examples of irony in the short story "The Sniper." 

In the short story "The Sniper" by Liam O'Flaherty, there are two important examples of irony. The main character of the sniper becomes the prey of another sniper. The man the sniper eventually kills turns out to be his brother.

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The short story "The Sniper" by Liam O'Flaherty takes place in Dublin, Ireland, during a civil war. A young man with a rifle and field glasses is stationed on a rooftop. He can hear sporadic fighting going on all around. When he strikes a match to light a cigarette, he is spotted by another sniper, who fires at him. He shoots two people down on the street and in turn is shot in the arm by the sniper in the building across from him. He tricks the sniper across the street into thinking he is dead and then shoots him with a pistol. Somehow he hits him, and the other sniper falls dead from the rooftop. When he goes down and turns over the body, the first sniper discovers that the dead man who was attacking him was his brother.

There are several possible types of irony in literature. For instance, verbal irony involves a speaker saying something with an underlying meaning that contrasts with what he or she actually says. Dramatic irony is when readers are aware of something that the characters...

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