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Who is the protagonist and antagonist in the story "The Sniper"? Explain why please. 

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The protagonist is the main character and the focal point in a piece of literature. In contrast, the antagonist is the character set up in conflict with the main character. After the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1922 which made Ireland a part of the British Commonwealth, the Irish Republican Army split into two factions. The Republicans vehemently opposed the treaty while the Free-Staters were in agreement with the British that Ireland should fall under British hegemony.

Liam O'Flaherty's short story "The Sniper " is a snapshot of the war which ensued between the Republican and Free-State troops. O'Flaherty makes a Republican sniper the protagonist and focus of his story. The protagonist, who goes unnamed, is...

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