What is the internal and external conflict in Liam O’Flaherty’s The Sniper?

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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 killing the other man, using all his skills to figure out where he is.  He knows he has to kill the man without exposing his own position, but wonders how the world he lives in came to this.  He was not a sniper in ordinary life, but has become an expert at killing which is not what he expected or even wanted.  When the enemy sniper falls, the republican sniper does feel a sense of victory, that he has outsmarted the enemy.  However, on the heels of that victory comes the regret that another person had to die at his hand.  When he sees that the other sniper is his brother, again he feels...

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