Within Liam O’Flaherty’s short story, “The Sniper”, there are two literary devices that greatly impact the meaning of the story. These two literary devices are irony and mood, and together they show the reader how difficult war can be and how it can pull friends and families apart. While reading the text, the reader can feel how tired, lethargic, yet exciting war can be. On page 1, paragraph 3, the sniper was “eating a sandwich hungrily” because he “had eaten nothing since morning”. In this paragraph, readers can feel how the thrill of war can overcome a person, taking over their actions, emotions, and feelings. Irony also plays a big part in “The Sniper”, helping support the meaning of the story through the theme. At the end of the story in paragraphs 25-27, the sniper decides to look at the body of the man he had just killed, and to his surprise, he finds that the man he had just shot dead was his brother.
American Sniper puts an emphasis on showing the public, soldiers don’t lose any sense of humanity when joining the military. They are still civilians with a background story, who emote like everybody else on earth. With the flood of video games like Call of Duty and films such as Rambo, it’s too often the media portrays soldiers as war prone robots. Clint Eastwood seemed very determined to break any false portrayals of soldiers, manifested by the media. The backstory of Chris Kyle is he’s just a southern guy with aspirations to become a full fledge rodeo cowboy, who suddenly is compelled to enlist in the navy, after catching a glimpse of the embassy bombings on t.v.
When a new officer “found two rats on his blankets tussling for the possession of a severed hand” (138), the company turned the event into a joke. Instead of worrying about how sickening the event is, they turn it into a joke; One who cannot make light of the horrific will start to break down psychologically. As a part of gaining a stoic approach towards life, Graves starts to become emotionally detached. “Those who are killed can’t complain” (115), he says in reference to splitting up the money of those who died. By looking at the war from a purely pragmatic point of view, Graves is able to ignore the terror of combat.
O'Flaherty is making a point about conflict; the specific point he is making about conflict is that war reveals how conflict leads to dividing people instead solving an issue or bringing people together. O'Flaherty states, "The sniper lay for a long time nursing his wounded arm and planning his escape" (Line 65). The mentioning of fixing his wounds and making plans to escape show that through the entire war and the idea that this will solve a problem, everyone is resulting in killing and violence to get what he or she wants. The idea of the man vs. man conflict is creating a dividing line between sides through the violence instead of coming to a solution. O'Flaherty also mentions, "Then the sniper turned over the dead body and looked into his
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.
Imagine the life of a person who cannot eat or sleep when their body needs them to. Imagine him not having the small luxuries people take for granted every day. Instead, this person lives every waking moment on the famous quote “Kill, or be killed.” The identity of this person is a soldier. Liam O’Flaherty, a World War 1 veteran, takes his experiences of war and incorporates them into his short story “The Sniper.”
Soldiers were not viewed as brave men risking their lives, and the war was seen as an unnecessary event. This type of mentality is seen in the novel with the perceptions of the soldiers. The narrator expresses the view of the time period when he states, “They were soldiers’ coats. Billy was the only one who had a coat from a dead civilian” (82). The meaning behind this is very crucial because it establishes a definite division between soldiers and civilians.
Private Joker had the charisma to be a soldier, but it was his fellow soldier, private Pyle who was the portray of the broken soldier. In this movie, we saw the ordeal that the soldiers had to go through in boot camp which the other movies skipped over. It would make no point in private Taylor’s narrative and it could not have been shown in The Green Berets because Colonel Kirby had no reason to pass through boot camp to be ready for the war. During boot camp, private Joker unveiled his comical nature which helped him get through the ordeal. It allowed him to continue to fight on even after witnessing private Pyle’s murder-suicide.
He gives us a vivid description of the sniper that makes us wonder about him, “His face was the face of a student, thin and ascetic, but his eyes had the cold gleam of a fanatic. They were deep and thoughtful, the eyes of a man who is used to looking at death” (1). These two sentences give us information of the sniper based solely on the words of the author. The way O’Flaherty describes him makes us think about what he does and who he actually is outside of being a sniper.
He had become so good at shooting things at extreme distances. The Army had no choice but to give him an extremely specialized position of being a sniper. The character was living his two major passions, one he loved to shoot a rifle, and second he was playing baseball. He just couldn’t get over the fact that he was having fun, and getting paid for it. I designed him to almost have a dual personality happy go lucky then, when he receives the orders; he knew what the job was.
This dehumanization allows him to overcome his feelings of guilt and easily justify his wrongdoings. As a result of the “fear” and “madness” that he feels, he has changed mentally due to being involved in the war for such an extended period of time. Moreover, being under great pressure when fighting for one’s life can cause a
No one likes to think of killing as a job, but our military is trained to kill in order to protect this nation. Kyle said in his book that he was not trying to make a name for himself. He said that killing people at long range was his military mission. Because he was so good at it, many lives were saved and Iraq is a safer place. His effort and valor throughout his deployments to Iraq were celebrated.