The Sniper Questions and Answers

The Sniper

I would argue that there are three themes in Liam O’Flaherty’s “The Sniper.” One is danger, another is carelessness, and the third is the devastating effects of war. The danger of war comes up...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2020 11:09 am UTC

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The Sniper

In Liam O'Flaherty's short story, the Republican sniper is depicted as a young fanatic who is experienced and "used to looking at death." The narrator's brief description of the sniper reveals that...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2020 4:28 pm UTC

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The Sniper

Immediately after shooting the enemy sniper, the protagonist sniper feels extreme remorse. The text specifically says remorse. He became bitten by remorse. Remorse is a great word, because it...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2015 1:48 pm UTC

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The irony is that the sniper kills his own brother. The story is set during the Irish civil war in the 1920's. Each brother has chosen a different side on which to fight. During his battle with an...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2008 10:26 am UTC

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The Sniper is set during the Irish civil war. Just like in any civil war, neighbors, friends, and family often found themselves on opposite sides of the war. In this story, the main character is...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2008 5:12 am UTC

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There are a couple of ways to consider the words and phrases the author uses to describe the Republican sniper and what he is doing. We can discuss what he is doing and his reaction to what is...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2020 4:03 pm UTC

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There are a couple of important points to note about the setting of the story. Firstly, it takes place in Ireland during the civil war of 1922–1923. Specifically, the story is set in Dublin, and...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2017 9:26 am UTC

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Liam O’Flaherty's short story "The Sniper" is written in the third-person limited point of view, which is when the narrator only knows or expresses the thoughts and feelings of one character. In...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2018 2:19 pm UTC

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As for tone and mood, consider that the story is centered around a lone sniper, a very young soldier trying to survive in the Irish Civil War. Now look at the opening paragraph and note the...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2013 8:04 pm UTC

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The Sniper

The other answer on The Sniper is what you need to answer your question. In addition, I would add that the internal conflict is deeper than indicated. The sniper battles himself over the idea of...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2015 7:18 pm UTC

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In this story, the author argues that supporting a cause can create a deep division between the individual members of a family. To show this, O'Flaherty situates his story during the violence and...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2017 3:35 pm UTC

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The climax of a story is the moment of the most tension, and it can even be a turning point in the story itself. The conflict between the sniper and his enemies does not come to its most intense...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2019 2:33 pm UTC

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The Sniper

In this short story, the Irish Republican sniper is stationed on a rooftop overlooking the beleaguered Four Courts and must use his wits to outsmart and kill the enemy sniper on the opposite roof....

Latest answer posted October 12, 2020 5:56 pm UTC

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In this story, the sniper must trick his enemy so that he can safely exit the roof of the building. Remember that he is injured because the enemy has shot him in the forearm, and he has only a...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2017 9:23 am UTC

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The old woman is an informer for the Free State troops. Because she is an informer, she poses a threat to the sniper. Early in the story, an armored vehicle shows up near the sniper's position....

Latest answer posted July 4, 2016 3:35 pm UTC

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The Sniper

The short story "The Sniper" by Liam O'Flaherty takes place during a civil war in Dublin, Ireland. A Republican sniper, a young man, lies on a rooftop with a rifle, a pistol, and a pair of...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2020 4:58 pm UTC

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The Sniper

The plot of “The Sniper” involves two snipers positioned across the street from one another, both unaware that the other sniper is his brother. The story takes place in Dublin during the Battle of...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2020 10:59 am UTC

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Literary setting describes both time and place of a story. For the short story "The Sniper," the setting includes the historical events occurring at the time and in the place of the story....

Latest answer posted January 24, 2014 9:04 pm UTC

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I believe that this question is asking you to come up with five of your own adjectives to describe the main character in "The Sniper" rather than using some of the great adjectives that the story...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2020 4:06 pm UTC

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The atmosphere in Liam O'Flaherty's short story "The Sniper" is created through the story's diction (word choice) and additional imagery in the form of literary devices. Words and phrases that are...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2015 2:28 am UTC

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In literature, the protagonist is the most significant character in the story, and their actions are the focal point of the narrative. The protagonist is the most prominent figure in the story, and...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2020 10:59 am UTC

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The Sniper

Liam O'Flaherty's short story "The Sniper," a sniper for the Republican Army is posted on top of a building, trying to insure the forward movement of the Republicans over the Free State. The sniper...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2012 3:56 pm UTC

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To be honest with you, I don't actually see the either sniper as symbolic characters. Symbols are concrete expressions of abstract or figurative ideas. I just don't see the snipers as anything...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2012 12:04 pm UTC

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The surprise ending of Liam O'Flaherty's short story "The Sniper" is meant to shock the reader and highlight the brutality of war, especially a civil war that matched countrymen against each other....

Latest answer posted February 25, 2016 8:56 pm UTC

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"The Sniper" is littered with examples of onomatopoeia (in which the writer uses a word that is phonetically similar to the sound it describes). In fact, O'Flaherty uses onomatopoeia in the very...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2016 11:03 am UTC

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"The Sniper" takes place during the Irish Civil War, and concerns a Republican sniper who has taken up a post on a rooftop, but has been spotted by another sniper. When the Republican sniper...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2015 11:21 pm UTC

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The Sniper

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...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2020 2:48 pm UTC

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Interpreting the message of a story isn't always a straightforward process. The reason for that is that all writers are put into a rhetorical situation in which they are trying to send a message to...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2020 3:50 pm UTC

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The internal conflict in Liam O'Flaherty short story about the Irish civil war "The Sniper" is patriotism versus morale. Here we have a soldier, who is a sniper, in a typical monitor duty while he...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2011 11:57 pm UTC

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Consider this definition of the literary term tone:tone: suggests an attitude toward the subject which is communicated by the words the author chooses. Part of the range of tone includes playful,...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2007 8:04 am UTC

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The Sniper

When O'Flaherty writes, "the lust of battled died in him," it means that the sniper has changed as a human being. The moment "the lust of battle died in him" takes place when the sniper has...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2015 6:22 am UTC

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The Sniper

The main events in this story are relatively few. It is full of detail and description, but only a few important things really happen. First, an Irish Republican sniper waits on a rooftop and eats...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2018 8:03 pm UTC

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The Republican sniper stationed on a rooftop near the O’Connell Bridge witnesses an old woman wearing a tattered shawl approach and speak to a Free Stater soldier manning a turret attached to a...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2018 1:14 am UTC

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One of the symbols in "The Sniper" is a gun. We see two different versions of it, handled by two separate, opposing forces. The first sniper has a revolver and a rifle; the second sniper has a...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2010 11:31 am UTC

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Personification is the practice of assigning human traits to inanimate objects. Often, it involves objects that are described as behaving in a manner similar to humans. There are several instances...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2011 8:48 am UTC

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In Liam O'Flaherty's short story, "The Sniper," the theme that most strikes me is that in war, there are no winners, regardless of who kills more people or takes more land, etc. When the Republican...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2011 11:57 am UTC

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Liam O’Flaherty depicts how war desensitizes individuals and devalues human life, and he illustrates the absurdity and futility of fighting against other humans. The characters in the short story...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2018 11:53 pm UTC

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A majority of the suspense is created in the first few paragraphs, because it is those paragraphs that describe the setting. Night has just arrived, and that automatically heightens the tension in...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2019 1:22 pm UTC

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In the first paragraph, O'Flaherty reveals that the two sides at war are the Republicans and the Free Staters. To put this into context, these two sides emerged during the Irish Civil War of 1922 -...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2017 8:05 am UTC

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The suggestion of forthcoming events, or foreshadowing, usually comes at the beginning of a narrative, and such is the case in "The Sniper." Oddly enough, though, there is also an instance of...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2017 1:01 am UTC

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The Sniper

In the process of shooting the man in the armored car and the woman on the street, the sniper has been shot and has given his location to the shooter on the other roof. He knows that he must kill...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2016 7:36 pm UTC

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The Sniper

I think this story is definitely a tragic one that seriously questions the worth or benefit of engaging in civil wars. The story shows how tragic such wars are, as they literally pit friend against...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2010 6:23 pm UTC

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The protagonist's character traits that are initially seen in the short story are ones that reflect total commitment to the cause. The sniper is singularly focused on his mission. There is...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2013 7:53 pm UTC

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The point of view in "The Sniper" is third-person subjective. (Third-person narration never uses "I," "we," or "you.") The third-person subjective narrator describes the events as they appear and...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2013 3:33 pm UTC

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The protagonist in the story, "The Sniper," is a young man, presumably just out of school, who is fighting in the Irish Civil War. Given that he is a young man who had the face of student but who...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2013 4:46 pm UTC

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I don't think there is only a single moral in this story. However, I think a major moral lesson of this story is focused on how war affects people. "The Sniper" does a great job of showing the...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2017 11:00 pm UTC

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This short story is one of the best examples of an author bringing the reader in to a story. Good literature allows the reader to become a part of the story in order for the reader to understand...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2010 5:01 am UTC

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In Liam O'Flaherty's short story, "The Sniper" (1923), the reasons stated by the first-person narrator, the sniper, are shown specifically in this passage from the story: Then he paused for a...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2015 6:08 pm UTC

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Liam O’Flaherty establishes the tense, ominous, violent mood of the story in the first paragraph by describing the atmosphere of Dublin under siege during the Irish Civil War. O'Flaherty depicts...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2018 3:00 pm UTC

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The unnamed sniper ties in to the theme of war decreasing the humanity of those who fight in war or are affected by it. Humans become objects, or just dots on a map. In this vein, it is important...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2019 5:22 pm UTC

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