The Sniper And The Foghorn

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The writers of “The Sniper,” and “The Foghorn,” both have unique writing styles that both work well with the types of stories they wrote. Liam O’Flaherty uses the conflict and setting in “The Sniper,” to help describe the character during his battle and a very good resolution. In “The Foghorn”, Ray Bradbury uses the setting, characters, resolution, and conflict to help get the reader interested. Both stories and interesting and can get a reader hooked on them but the one that hooked me was “The Sniper.” Both stories are good in many ways but I believe “The Sniper” has “The Foghorn” beat. Liam O’Flaherty uses the conflict between the two snipers to help describe the main character. “She was pointing to the roof where the sniper lay. An informer. The turret opened. A man’s head and shoulders appeared, looking toward the sniper. The sniper raised his rifle and fired. The head fell heavily on the turret wall. The woman darted toward the side street. The sniper fired again.”(O’Flaherty 1-2) moments like this help us understand the main character and his mentality to do anything if it helps him survive. As the battle ensued the sniper always did whatever it took to live, even resorting to tricking the enemy sniper just to get a shot off at him. This life and death battle the sniper has to go through is what hooked me on this story, but what really made me love it was the resolution, “Then the sniper turned over the dead body and looked into his brother’s face.”(O’Flaherty 4).

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