Situational Irony In The Sniper By Liam O Flaherty

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“The Sniper” is a short story by Liam O'Flaherty, the message is that there are no winners in war. The story is about a young soldier fighting in the war and is determined to do whatever it takes to win the war. At the end he thinks he wins because he shoots the enemy. The enemy turns to be his brother questioning if he really won this war. Throughout the story the author shows that even though you win there is always a downside to winning. The author shows this by using literary devices in this short story such as situational irony, foreshadowing, and dramatic irony. In “The Sniper”, a young soldier who is with the republican army is fighting with the Free Staters army. The Republican sniper tricks the Free Stater sniper into shooting the Republican snipers cap. Shortly after, the Free Stater sniper is relieved and begins to expose himself because he thinks he has just shot the Republican sniper. Shortly after, the Republican sniper shoots the Free Stater. When the Republican sniper goes down to see who he shot, ironically it is his own brother. This is situational irony because we do not expect this to happen in the story. No one expects to see that the protagonist and the antagonist to be siblings.…show more content…
The author is foreshadowing the later text because the protagonist should be relieved because he killed the enemy,but, instead he shows frustration that must mean something went wrong. What went wrong is that he killed his own brother. Another example of foreshadowing in “The Sniper” is when the protagonist is going to see who he shot. This quote “He wondered did he know him. Perhaps he had been in his own company before the split in the army.” foreshadows that the person he shot was his brother. The author hints that the protagonist and the antagonist had a past

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