The Sniper

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PLOT SUMMARY: In Ireland, two snipers engage in a civil war.

1. Mood/Tone
“The long June twilight faded into night. Dublin lay enveloped in darkness but for the dim light of the moon that shone through fleecy clouds, casting a pale light as of approaching dawn over the streets and the dark waters of the Liffey.” ¶. 1

Negative, Dark, Aggressive, Forceful, Sad
2. Point of View
“He was eating a sandwich hungrily. He had eaten nothing since morning. He had been too excited to eat. He finished the sandwich, and, taking a flask of whiskey from his pocket, he took a short drought. “ ¶. 1

3rd Person Limited
3. Theme
“Only when death comes does war end.”
When one experiences a loss, a change of heart occurs.
War= Internal or External

1. Irony
“When the sniper reached the laneway on the street level, he felt a sudden curiosity as to the identity of the enemy sniper whom he had killed. He decided that he was a good shot, whoever he was. He wondered did he know him. Perhaps he had been in his own company before the split in the army. He decided to risk going over to have a look at him. He peered around the corner into O'Connell Street. In the upper part of the street there was heavy firing, but around here all was quiet.

The sniper darted across the street. A machine gun tore up the ground around him with a hail of bullets, but he escaped. He threw himself face downward beside the corpse. The machine gun stopped.

Then the sniper turned over the dead body and looked into his brother's face. “

Situational- The sniper’s enemy and victim turned out to be his brother. 2. Onomatopoeia
“There was a flash and a bullet whizzed over his head.” ¶ 5

Whizzed – a whizzing sound
3. Simile
“Here and there through the city, machine guns and rifles broke the silence of the night, spasmodically, like dogs barking on lone farms.” ¶ 1

Compares the roaring of machine guns to the...
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