Liam O 'Flaherty's Short Story The Sniper'

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Intro In the short story The Sniper written by Liam O’Flaherty, the character described as the sniper develops throughout the narrative due to the many choices he is faced with. The character's ever-changing opinions on the war in his country reflect every action he takes as well as lead him to his life-changing commitment. Through the author’s mastered use of figurative language and choice of tone of the story, the character development of the sniper is revealed to readers. Body paragraph #1 The figurative language presented in the passages express development of the thoughts and feelings the sniper has towards his actions. When the body of the sniper’s enemy first hit the ground, “the lust of battle died in him” (2) wiping away all his satisfaction towards the war. Personifying the desire he has for battle shapes his reflection on his…show more content…
The disgust the sniper first feels is expressed when he “revolt[s] from the sight of the shattered mass of his dead enemy.” (2) The tone of the sentence depicts the hatred the sniper first feels against the acts of war. O’Flaherty creates a dark, gory atmosphere with the description of the fallen enemy sniper to parallel the dark emotions the sniper feels himself. The author continues with dark tone to describe the inner thoughts of the sniper “cursing the war, cursing himself, cursing everybody.” (2) This pessimistic tone choice is used to have the reader understand the self-hatred the sniper feels for his sinful acts. The sniper comes to the realization of his morals, looking “at the smoking revolver in his hand and with an oath he hurl[s] it to the roof.” (2) The author’s serious tone emphasizes the serious commitment the sniper has to make a change in his life. Over the course of a simple passage, the sniper through O’Flaherty’s tone is able to have his thoughts about war

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