Analysis Of ' The Sniper ' By Liam O ' Flaherty

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Throughout history, there have been countless intelligent and marvelous novelists. Shakespeare, Stephen King, and Mark Twain are all examples of these outstanding writers. One would be wise to include the Irish novelist Liam O’Flaherty in this list. Joseph Burger (1984) describes Liam O’Flaherty as a key figure in the Irish Renaissance. His stories, such as “Return of the Brute” and “The Informer,” generally include the theme of war. O’Flaherty has served in Ireland’s armed forces, which gives him experience on the topic of war. He typically relates his stories’ settings to Ireland and its people. This is reasonable, for he was born and raised in Ireland and served in Ireland’s military. One of his more renowned fables, which…show more content…
Ireland was divided between two sides of political views, and citizens fought for the stance they supported. The war not only divided the country, but it divided families as well. Soldiers were forced to murder their friends, neighbors, and siblings. Senseless acts similar to these are not caused by personal hatred, but rather by political disputes. The Republican sniper did not murder his brother as a result of personal reasons; he murdered his brother simply based upon political views. O’Flaherty is trying to demonstrate that society can force brothers to murder each other based on disputes that are not theirs. This short story is an excellent example of O’Flaherty’s style of writing. Throughout the tale, the reader is presented with many themes. One of the most evident themes that is that war is not partial to a group. An example of this theme in the story occurs when the Republican sniper is forced to slaughter several individuals in order to survive. These characters include a hostile gunner, an elderly female messenger, and the enemy sniper. O’Flaherty shows that the Republican sniper does not hesitate to end the lives of these people, for he must survive. Society observes this on a daily basis. Soldiers must neutralize any threats that stand in the way of their objective. They are instructed to terminate anyone who poses an issue to them or their mission. It does not matter what form these threats are in--women, children, or

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