Review Of Liam O 'Flaherty's The Sniper'

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“The Sniper” is written by Liam O’Flaherty. A story which takes place in Dublin, Ireland 1920s, in the middle of a civil war. As these two snipers are on opposite rooftops, one of them gets killed. This story is slightly similar to a story named “Cranes” by Hwang Sunwon. This short story takes place in Korea 1050s when the South and North split. These stories are similar because both main characters are facing hard choices that they never thought of.. In the end they figure it out. In “The Sniper”, a young man, maybe in his early 20s is at one side of a rooftops facing the enemy who is at the opposite side of the street on the rooftop. He is trying to see where the enemy is, but doesn’t see him until he tricks him. He had got shot in the arm before he tricked the enemy, and was unable to fire his weapon. That was when he decided to trick the enemy into thinking he was dead, and shot him. In the end he found out he killed his own brother. The theme of this story is that the people who are closest to you might not be the people you think they are.…show more content…
As he escorts the man, he realizes that this man is his close childhood friend. He is deciding on whether he should turn in his friend or let him go. He learns that his friend Tokchae, is just trying to get to his family and take care of his father at the same time. He didn’t want to be part of the war, he was just a farmer. In the end he lets his friend go. Songsam uses the cranes as a symbol to let Tokchae know he can leave. The theme of this story is that friendship can overcome many obstacles. During their journey Songsam remembered all of their adventures as kids and knew that his friend wouldn’t be able to do the things the communist

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