How Do You Respond To The Sniper Essay

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The Sniper” –by Liam O’Flaherty 1) The year is 1922; you are sitting on the top of a building with rifle in your hand. You haven’t eaten in days, and probably will not for another few. You look around nervously, knowing you could be killed at any moment. One wrong move, one plan not correctly thought out, and you are done for. This is exactly what the sniper is going through over the course of the narrative. If you know that you will feel like that every day, and still go through with your mission. You are either the very brave or a complete idiot. To be a sniper you must have immeasurable bravery, and overcome your fear. This was very well depicted on paragraph 17 “the cloud of fear scattered from his mind and he laughed.’’ Many do not think of snipers as brave because they “shoot their opponent when their back is turned.” But, if you are able to go through the previous experiences without going completely crazy, you are considered very brave to me. 2) After he killed the enemy sniper, he was curious to see who he had killed. This is very well depicted in the sentence “he felt a sudden curiosity as to the identity of the…show more content…
I feel this description fits the sniper very well. He is a part of the republican army of Ireland, to be in the military alone, you must have amazing self discipline. In paragraph 3 “he was eating a sandwich hungrily. He had eaten nothing since morning”. He was able to deprive himself from food for a whole day, because he had to make sure no enemy tanks came in. He was also described as “his eyes had the cold gleam of the fanatic. They were deep and thoughtful, the eyes of a man who is used to looking at death’’. Here, he is described as a fanatic. Seeing as he is a sniper during a civil war, he is far from squeamish towards death. To him, it is a daily occurrence. Death is simply part of his
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