The Sniper Short Story

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Being daring is a trait often seen in young people. For example, during the Winter, I chose to go walk out on the ice on a lake even though I knew it was dangerous. This is just one time where I have been daring as a young person. The trait is also shown in the short story “The Sniper” by Liam O’Flaherty, and The Saints, by Lex Thomas. The Sniper and Gates are both very daring through how they take risks and complete daring acts. The Sniper is a daring character that takes chances and does things that are dangerous even in a warzone. First, he lights a cigarette, even though he knows that it is a large risk to take that could result in an unfortunate outcome. “Placing a cigarette between his lips, he struck a match, inhaled the smoke …show more content…

Gates was at a party and rode a wild animal through the party which is very dangerous, crazy, and very daring. He risks serious injury or death when he does this. Also, Gates was very daring in the threats that he made. He is stuck in a school and he wants more from the poeple feeding them. So, he makes some very serious threats. “Have it all by next week or I will cut off your son’s head” (Thomas 154). Gates is daring enough to even threaten people directly to get what he wants. This is how he threatens to kill someone which is daring how he does it directly to them and blackmails them. He basically has the guts to directly threaten someone where they could not do anything for him, or stop supplying him with food. Gates is very daring in the acts that he performs throughout the story. Overall, the Sniper shows the daring trait better in the story. For example, goes to look at a dead body, even though he knows it is dangerous and he is in a Warzone. “The Sniper darted across the street. A machine gun tore up the ground around him with a hail of bullets, but he escaped” (O’Flaherty 5). The Sniper again does a daring act in a Warzone. He makes the choice to go look at the body, even though it is dangerous because he is in an active Warzone. He still ignores that fact and still completes what he wants to do unscathed. Gates does daring acts, but out of choice, and many of them are not as dangerous. The Sniper has many daring acts

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