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What traits does the sniper exhibit after being wounded?

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After the sniper is shot in his right forearm, he demonstrates composure and illustrates his practical nature by immediately dressing the wound. During this entire ordeal, the sniper shows his determination and tough personality by overcoming the extreme pain in order to clean his wound.

After dressing the wound, the sniper reveals his innovative, clever nature by placing his helmet over his rifle and slowly holding it above the parapet where the enemy sniper can see it. He successfully deceives the enemy sniper, who shoots the helmet off the rifle, believing that he has killed the Republican sniper.

The sniper then reveals his patience and demonstrates his skill as a marksman by shooting the enemy sniper. After killing the enemy, the sniper shows his sensitive, raw personality by cursing the war and throwing his revolver. The sniper then demonstrates his curiosity by leaving the rooftop to identify the person he killed and tragically discovers that the enemy sniper was his brother.

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After being shot by his enemy, the sniper exhibits a number of traits. Firstly, he shows his self-reliant and practical nature by attending to his injury. He removes his sleeve, for example, cleans the wound with iodine and then dresses it. This also shows that he is a strong person because he does this in spite of the pain it causes.

Secondly, the sniper also shows himself to be very resourceful when he develops a plan to escape from the roof. His plan shows great ingenuity: he puts a cap on the top of his rifle and tricks the enemy into believing that he is the rifle.

Finally, the sniper also demonstrates curiosity. After seeing the body of his enemy on the ground, the sniper is curious to learn more about his identity. In a tragic twist, however, the enemy is, in fact, the sniper's own brother.

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