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.
This shows the central idea of war tearing people apart when faced with an unknown adversary. In addition, differences would be, “The Republican sniper smiled and he lifted his revolver above the edge of the parapet” (O’Flaherty 207). This shows war tears families apart, the man was eager for his kill, however, it happened to be a family member who was placed on the other side of the battle. Lastly, “Had he and I but met / By some old ancient inn / We should have sat us down to wet / Right many nipperkin!” (Hardy). This shows that war tears people apart.
Then he sank to the roof, dragging his hand with him (3).” The main character took a much better approach than his opponents. Although it made it so the opposing sniper could see him, he made himself appear to be dead. By doing so, the opposing sniper thought he had killed the main character so he came out of hiding. Due to him coming out of hiding, he allowed the main character who was pretending to be dead to have a clear and easy shot on him. This was a very good strategy to lure the other sniper out of hiding, allowing him to kill the opposing sniper.
It’s not just a line from the drill instructor; I believe it has a lot of meaning. It’s almost like Joker’s instructions to hide behind his public persona of a warrior, a facade that helps him get through the entirety of the film until after killing the female sniper in vengeance of Cowboys death, his ultimate war face has to be shown. All in vengeance of Cowboy being killed. The death of his best friend finally made him transform into a killer, he wanted to truly kill. But once he gets to the sniper he sees that not only is the sniper critically injured, but to the point they will die, but it’s a female sniper.
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.
At times, Victor almost makes it clear that he has given up, ready to commit suicide. When the creature is at a higher point, Victor is at a lower point, suffering with fevers and cold chills. Physically, when Victor is drained, his body is exhausted too. He goes through so much trying to avenge the death of those the creature has murdered that his body can’t take it anymore. Regretting his choices, Victor cries, “...tears, the first I had shed for many months, streamed from my eyes, and I resolved not to fall before my enemy without a bitter struggle.” Contemplating suicide, Victor realizes that his life has become empty.
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 sniper killed the other snipers and celebrates. He took a sip of whisky he also took a risk to light up a cigarette. When he was walking away he was curious to see who was the other sniper. When he went to go see he flip the body over he looked into his brothers face. He was and surprised that, that was his brother.
Evidence is show in the story “The Sniper” it says “placing a cigarette between his lips, he struck a match, inhaled the smoke hurriedly and put out the light. Almost immediately, a bullet flattened itself to the parapet off the roof” (O’Flaherty 1). This quote is showing that the Sniper isn’t scared or nervous. He’s making a decision that could almost kill him or give away where he’s hiding. By the Sniper smoking a cigarette and giving away his hiding, shows the sniper has bravery because of the risk he is taking.Another example, it says “Taking off his cap, he placed it over the muzzle of his rifle.
The stories, “The Sniper” and “The Scarlet Ibis” are amazing stories with great comparing and contrasting. These stories have emotion that no one could explain. In “The Scarlet Ibis” he leaves his brother behind when a storm approaches and goes back to find him dead. In”The Sniper” while he is at war when he pulled the trigger he went to go see who he killed and it was his brother.Their alike because the express war,brotherhood,and regret.“The Scarlet Ibis” is written by James Hurst. “The Sniper” is written by Liam O’Flaherty.