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In "The Sniper," why does the author leave the sniper nameless?

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The sniper in this short story is left nameless because of the way in which the author seeks to universalise his experience. The pain and suffering of war, he attempts to show, is just as terrible on those who kill others as it is on those who are killed. By keeping the name of the sniper anonymous, he makes him stand for all humans who are trapped in the horrors of civil war. Note how the sniper experiences a sudden epiphany of human...

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