In Liam O'Flaherty´s The Sniper, all of these are brought to an acute reality in a single war-torn city.

In Liam O'Flaherty´s The Sniper, all of these are brought to an acute reality in a single war-torn city.

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In Liam O'Flaherty´s The Sniper, all of these are brought to an acute reality in a single war-torn city. Strong cerebral convictions and opposing philosophies, due to which people want to destroy.

The Sniper

How does the author depict the turmoil and plight in a war-torn city
in “The Sniper”?

Anger, pain, death and remorse- all unpleasant, but all are faced and
handled in every war. In Liam O'Flaherty's "The Sniper," all of these
are brought to an acute reality in a single war-torn city. Strong
cerebral convictions and opposing philosophies, due to which people
want to destroy the seemingly “wrong” plague this world and are the
main reason for plight. To aid in his creation of such emotional
conflict, turmoil and plight, the author has portrayed the sniper as a
very controversial character. This story is oriented around one
character in the Civil War which he should not even be in as he is
mentioned to be a “student” in the story.

The story whose main theme is violence, attempts to chronicle the
short span of fanaticism that inspires youth that leads to turmoil in
the first place. In this chaotic situation however, fanaticism is what
one may need in order to survive and this is exactly what the sniper
is facing. This is shown when the sniper is said to be the “student
with the face of an ascetic”. He has one task to perform- to kill the
soldiers of the Free States. However, the most important line that
catches the attention of the reader is “…the eyes of a man who is used
to looking at death.” This is very ironic as he was earlier compared
to a student who is like a symbol for innocence where now he is spoken
of as a murderer. He is engrossed in fulfilling his duty and is now a
student of violence....


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...s’ the life of a soldier.

The gory sights in the city of Dublin, torn apart and paralysed with
war and fear is depicted by people bleeding in the gutters till they
die and rapid gunfire everywhere followed by a deafening silence.
Killing is done in cold blood and even then, the sniper maintains calm
until he kills his opponent sniper on the opposite rooftop. This
calmness in goriness clearly justifies the turmoil and the plight that
the author shows in this short story. The author uses the course and
characters of the story to chart the course of the characters in every
scene of violence everywhere.

The emphasis given to the bloodshed, the war, the loss of life is more
than what is given to the feelings, the people and the life and in
this way Liam O’Flaherty has depicted turmoil and plight in the
war-torn city in this short story titled “The Sniper”.

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