The Sniper

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The Sniper
By Lian O’ Flaherty

Just like flicking with your fingers, everything can change. Imagine, that in this week you are playing football with your best friend, and then the sun raises monday morning. Just a normal weekstart. But now, you are enemies. Deadly rivals. Now you are not “partners in crime” where you are at the local candy-store with your friend. One distracts the store-owner, while the other steals the candy. Now you are “enemies in crime”

We are in the Middel-East Ireland, the current capital, Dublin. We are on a rooftop near O’Connell Bridge. It comes to expression already at the beginning of the text (PP. 1 LL. 8) “On a rooftop near O’Connell Bridge, a Republican sniper lay watching”. This is our main character we follow through the short story. As mentioned, he is a Republican man, who fights for a free Ireland in the Civil War. And like the Civil War, the story takes place somewhere between June 28th 1922 and May 24th 1923, and lasts under twentyfour hours. But the text shows, that our main character is a professional soldier. (PP. 1 LL. 13) “He was eating a sandwich hungrily” and (PP. 1 LL. 14-15) “He finished the sandwich, and taking a flask of whiskey from his pocket, he took a short drough” and (PP. 1 LL. 16) “He paused for a moment, considering whether he should risk a smoke. It was dangerous. The flash might be seen in the darkness, and there were enemies watching. He decided to take the risk” These three quotes shows, that he is prepared for the mission. He has been out on missions before. You get to know your self better, when you expose your body and mind to extreme circumstances. You would never take the risk of taking a smoke in the darkness, if you were a rookie. Also the fact that he brought smokes and alcohol to soothe his nerves of with, is a sign of experience. He knows him self. Also here: (PP. 1 LL. 11) “They were deep…...

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