The Sniper Rhetorical Analysis Essay

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The author of “The Sniper” uses many words and phrases to describe the actions of the sniper. The first example of this is when it says “He broke the neck of the iodine bottle.” (p.9) Rather than saying that he simply opened the bottle, it is phrased to emphasize the fact that he, although in pain, needs to get the iodine and make sure the wound won’t get infected. He knows the risk of leaving the wound untouched, showing his intelligence, responsibility and experience. The second example is “His right arm was paining him like a thousand devils.” (p.9) Here, the author is shows that his right arm wasn’t just “hurting” it was “paining him,” and the pain hurt like a thousand devils, showing the reader just to what level his arm hurt, and how much it was weighing him down. The third example is “When the smoke cleared he peered across the uttered a cry of joy.” (p.10) Here, by not just saying he was excited, but stating that he actually exclaimed his satisfaction out loud, the author is showing that it was a hard shot to make, and missing it would carry heavy risks for the sniper, and just how much he triumphed the act of victory. The fourth example is “He
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“The Sniper” is no different than all the rest. This story depicts a civil war, and eventually at the end, the sniper finds out that the enemy that was on the other side was his brother. This story is showing the truth about civil wars. You could be fighting someone that you know, someone you loved. In the middle of the story, it says “Then round the corner of a side street came an old woman, her head covered by a tattered shawl.” (p.8) This sentence shows that in a civil war, everyone must be on the front lines. Even an old woman, who is definitely not fit for battle, needs to fight in dangerous situations. In conclusion, the short story “The Sniper” is showing the horror of civil wars, and the tragedy that can
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