The Sniper Short Story

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In the stories “Ambushed” by Tim O’ Brien, “The Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell and “The Sniper” by Liam O’Flaherty each story has similar and differences in the conflicts, characters and the setting. Every character has similar backgrounds leading to different conflicts. In each story they all use guns to kill their enemy but in each story their conflicts are completely different and cause them to have different prospective on what they do to survive. In “The Dangerous Game” the main character Rainford was going to hunt when he fell off his boat and found himself on Ship-Trap Island where his conflict begins and he is forced to learn how to survive on his own or else he would either die or become trapped there. “Sailors have a dread of that place, I don’t know why. Some superstition” In “The Sniper” a republican sniper made the mistake of lighting a cigarette while on duty and was spotted by his enemy who began to shoot at him. The sniper was instantly put in a life or death situation where he was forced to fight for his life. “Placing a cigarette between his lips, he struck a match, inhaled smoke hurriedly and put out the light. Almost immediately a bullet flattened itself against the parapet of the roof.” In the story “Ambushed” the main character was a sniper on duty who came a crossed a man in the frog in front of him who was his enemy. Without thinking and just doing it out of routine, he set off a grenade and killed him “Kiowa tried to tell me that the man

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