This shows how the sniper’s actions without thought affect him for the worse. O’Flaherty establishes the theme of “The Sniper” by using description and irony. After the sniper turns over the dead body, he realizes what he has done. He was not thinking when he shot the enemy. His actions without thought end with him getting shot and him shooting and killing his brother.
Later on, Charley and his battalion, led by Lieutenant Thomas, decided to head to Somme where the bulk of the chaos takes place in the comic. During the battle, Charley went out of his way to save a soldier who was struck by a sniper fire. The sniper decided to take aim on Charley himself, but the bold Sergeant Tozer tries his best to save Charley from the crossfire. Charley managed to find cover, but the soldier that he previously saved was mortally wounded and later died. This angered the young protagonist and he swore that he will avenge his death by killing the German who shot him.
The lust of battle died in him.” This is the end result when violence and assumption overcome us: we react in the right away. From the short story, “The Sniper”, we learn that assumption and violence can cause us to act in regrettable ways. The enemy sniper kills innocent people, the sniper fakes his death, and kills the enemy sniper. This violence was brought about by assumption, when really they were brothers all along. The sniper realizes, and regrets his actions at the end.
This is why the main theme is killing doesn’t matter until it’s your own. The sniper in the civil war was written by Liam O’ Flaherty. The sniper was sad when he found out that he killed his own brother. In the Civil War was the first time they used snipers. What would you have done if you were in the Civil
I heard someone was warning Preston “For God’s sake, take care of your men. If they fire, you must die.” Someone throw object and it struck Private Montgomery knocking him down and telling him to drop his weapon. Then Private Montgomery shout out “Damn you, fire!” Palmes was going to shot Private’s head, but then he missed. After a while we heard some shots fired. Those shots killed eleven men!
Hamlet spent his whole life in the pursuit of perfection and jack spent his years doing the same. There isn’t any reason as to how they both should have come to a devastating demise however Shakespeare and Ernest Hemmingway understood the way war destroys the mind, body and soul, how loss kept their characters in the dark when it came to those they loved the most. How lion hearts became tame and the minds of men became shallow graves for lost memories is a wonder to us all. Catherine: "The brave dies perhaps two thousand deaths if he 's intelligent. He simply doesn 't mention them.
Him saying this meant his heart was to full of compassion to kill anyone or be violent to anyone, he was a better man then that he didn 't want the grief of killing someone to hang heavy over his head for the rest of his life, but he was afraid to admit that to anyone until now. As the author is told he is being drafted to war, he becomes very upset. He clearly does not want to be part of it. His initial says, “I was too good for this war. Too smart, too compassionate, too everything.
The other sniper, seeing the cap and rifle fall, thought he had killed his man” (O’Flaherty 438-439). This quote shows that the sniper is intelligent because during this part he comes up with a way to fake his death. During the story, the sniper is very risky. He shows that he is risky when we lights a cigarette. “He paused for a moment, considering whether he should risk a smoke.
O'Flaherty says “Then the sniper turned over the dead body and looked into his brother’s face.” This shows suspense because the sniper looks at the man he has shot and realizes he made the biggest mistake he ever could have made. O'Flaherty shows suspense because the reader would of never expected the man he kills to be his brother. The second craft move he uses to show why violence doesn’t solve anything is description. In the passage O'Flaherty says “His face was the face of a student, thin and ascetic, but 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.” When the author says that you automatically are able to picture what this man looks like.
Sergeant Major’s terrible experience with the talisman is exposed through facial expressions and communications. When it is brought up by Mr. White, Sergeant Major brushes it off hastily as if not wanting to talk about it. As he answers questions about his wishes, “his blotchy face whitens” revealing that his wishes also did not go the way he planned. Sergeant Major also provides the family with many warnings of using the talisman and recommends not using it which restates the danger of interfering with fate. Because he has experienced this, he can provide truthful suggestions.
Because the men had seen so much in Vietnam and because of how the war was fought (Guerrilla warfare), they had little to no remorse when gunning down children and woman. They were so tired of fighting the “unknown enemy,” this can be seen in the soldier 's testimonies, “I didn’t discriminate between individuals in the village, sir. They were all the enemy, they were to be destroyed, sir.” (141) However, John never intended to kill the innocent. He saw the same soldiers that he fought with for the past few months brutally massacring the villagers that were trying to flee for their lives. This was the climax of the war for John, he would forever be changed by what he saw in My Lai and would take many months in order to get over what happened.
Kilrain informs colonel Chamberlain that their unit,the Twentieth Maine, has just received 120 men from the Second Maine, because they are disbanded.The men are now being kept under guard, and Chamberlain has orders to shoot any man who does not agree to march. The leader tells him that the mutineers are tired of the war even if they have one more year left. Also the Union generals who has no skills and have been running it, and they want to go home. Chamberlain knows he cannot let them go, but he also cannot bring himself to shoot them. So he had an idea and he did a moving speech which is him asking them to join the Twentieth Maine.