O’Brien presents a variety of stories to present the complexity of war. “On The Rainy River” is a pre-war
Suspense is an important component to many stories such as The Tell-Tale Heart and The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe. It is also important to Liam O’Flaherty’s The Sniper as it drives the story and keeps the reader eager for more. The Sniper is about a sniper fighting in a civil war and how he handles a dangerous situation that puts his life on the line. The author, Liam O’Flaherty writes the story in a way that utilizes suspense and keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. In the short story, The Sniper, Liam O’Flaherty uses setting, imagery, and pacing to create a feeling of suspense for the reader.
The sniper, a young man, is fighting a war in the heart of a city, (Dublin, Ireland) and ignorantly shoots his own brother who was surprisingly the enemy to the republican. This creates immense suspense of how war affects those involved and causes them to do things they never thought they would do. Therefore, O’ Flaherty’s use of suspense reveals the psychological sufferings in war in various
Both works focus on the horrors of war and what it does to the soldiers. The message the works convey both demonstrate how awful war is. They both demonstrate soldiers opinions on fighting and the war in general. Both are very good at using descriptive words and painting a very visceral picture
“The Sniper” by Liam O’Flaherty is a historical fiction story following the events of the Irish Civil War. The main character is a sniper for the Republicans. In the story, he is forced to kill three people but afterward it says he is disgusted with himself. In this story Liam O’Flaherty supports the theme of violence will change people for the worse by using descriptive phrases and the character’s inner thoughts. The biggest problem in the story is how the sniper has to kill his enemies.
War is a big thing going on everyday in many different places . In "the Sniper" and "Cranes" they are in a civil war. In "the Sniper " they are in Ireland fighting on enemy sides. In "Cranes" there is a officer of war and a childhood friend. In the first story "the Sniper".
In Tim O'Brien's “Enemies” and “Friends”, O'Brien shows the effect the nature of war has on individuals and how war destroys and creates friendships. These two stories describe the relationship between two soldiers, Lee Strunk and Dave Jensen. In “Enemies”, friendship is broken over a fist fight about a stolen jackknife, which leaves Strunk with a broken nose and Jensen paranoid of whether or not Strunk’s revenge is coming. While in “Friends”, you see how the nature of war creates a bond of trust, even between people who first saw each other as enemies.
Even though nothing should come between people, war breaks ties and relationships with people that normally don’t ever break. War splits families, friends, and even countries. The topic of family is different in both short stories, but yet it plays an important role in each story. In “The Sniper”, the man who is the sniper actually shoots his brother during the Irish civil war. The story reads, “Then the sniper turned over the dead body and looked into his brother’s face”(The Sniper 1).
In the short story “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell the theme is nothing is what is seems. The story of "The Most Dangerous Game" has a wide range of settings, first it was on the deck of a ship, and it proceeded onward to the water, where Rainsford needed to swim, until the point when he achieved the island. From that point he went to General Zaroff's stone house, where there Rainsford find out General Zaroff is hunting more than just animals, from there on, the setting moved to the woods chasing amusement began. “Hunting? Great Guns, General Zaroff, what you speak of is murder.”
In the short story “The Sniper” by Liam O’Flaherty and the poem “The Man He Killed” by Thomas Hardy, the authors depict this concept that war is full of horror and suffering. War can change people and combat can turn friend against friend or brother against brother. Thus,
“The Sniper” by Liam O’Flaherty is a realistic fiction story set in the city of Dublin in the middle fo the night during a civil war. The sniper is camping on a roof in the middle of a fight, trying to take out the enemy sniper on the roof across the street. Because Liam O’Flaherty uses repetition and irony, he brings through the theme of all human lives have value. In “The Sniper” the narrator does not think about the value of the life of the rival sniper until it is too late.
In Liam O’Flaherty’s The Sniper, the main character, a sniper, is in the middle of a civil war in Dublin, Ireland. It is his assigned duty to assassinate anyone on the the other side of the war, no matter who they are. This creates a huge conflict, considering that the sniper ends up killing his brother. This supports the central theme that war is cruel, and this can be supported by the craft elements of the dialogue used and the setting of the story.
His enemy had been hit… The body turned over and over in space and hit the ground with a dull thud. Then it lay still. ”(O’Flaherty 9) The sniper successfully killed his opponent. This shows a fall in conflict because he defeated the other sniper and could go back to his base.
The protagonist in a civil war “The Sniper” is a story about two brothers fighting during a civil war. One of them is Republican, group of Irish people who want the Northern Ireland to be a part of the Republic of Ireland and separate from the UK, and the other sniper being Free Staters, who want the Northern Ireland to be independent from UK and Republic of Ireland. This Irish civil war took place in Dublin, Ireland around 1922. The Republican sniper is the protagonist. The protagonist is the main character of the story who deals with the problem/conflict and make important decisions.