In "The Sniper", what are the main characteristics of the (IRA) sniper?

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scarletpimpernel eNotes educator| Certified Educator

He is calm and patient.  The author makes this obvious by the sniper's ability to wait on his opponent and to remain almost motionless for a long period of time.

For most of the short story, the sniper appears to be detached and emotionless, but the ending causes the reader to question how such a collect character would proceed after discovering that he had killed his own brother.

The sniper is also a little bit of an Alpha male in that he seems to have extreme confidence in himself and "knows" that he will have victory over his opponent.