Liam O 'Faherty's The Sniper'

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War time brings the philosophers out in men, for instance a wise yet ironically unknown German soldier is famous for saying, "A great war leaves the country with three armies, an army of cripples, an army of mourners, and an army of thieves." The Republican Irish sniper goes through the range of emotions and experiences from leading up to his firefight, then to the aftermath of his repercussions. You will see the pre and post gun duel of what he unknowingly goes through with his brother does to his emotions and personal mental well being. In the introduction to 'The Sniper' by Liam O'Flaherty, the reader sees the Republcican sniper as a eager boy venturing on the way of manhood with an enthusiasm for war and an athletic build to match. Shown through the text the author refers to the sniper's eyes as ones which whom are unaffected by the sign of carnage. O'Flaherty speaks of the soldier playing with a cigarette in his mouth, moments before is epic shootout more as of a habit than a nervous tick or behaviors which possibly shows a sign of comfortability, not apprehension at a time where the country is divided in a civil war. What the author is trying to drive home here is that, even at the most divided and ugly of circumstances this young man his holding poise with an…show more content…
THe young in age yet battle tested in spirit Republican marksman is overcome with remorse and Liam refers to it as something that can grab and dig its teeth into you. This warrior is flooded with the dire curiosity after the firefight with opposing marksman, and he is driven to match a face to his great shot and sneaky tactics, yet tragically finds out it's his very own flesh and blood. O'Flaherty comments on his oath, "the throwing of the revolver" the very same murder weapon that killed his brother possible as gesture or a promise to never use again. After the smoke cleared the lust for war dissipated along with

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