FC: The Sniper Miguel Vera Mrs. Phelps - Period 2
1: During the 1920's, there was a time of bitter civil war in Ireland. There was an all out war between Republicans and Free Staters. This civil war, like many others, devastated most of the Irish families; pitting children against parents, sister against sister, and brother against brother.
2: Dublin was covered by nothing else but darkness. The only thing able to be seen was the dim light of the moon. | Although all was dark, here and there, machine guns and rifles would shatter the calm silence. Nearby, on a rooftop lay a Republican Sniper.
3: The young student, thin and acetic, saw death regularly. He knew what his purpose was and how the insidious silence was a guise for the malevolent jeopardy all around him. | This very indomitable young man decided to take a huge risk. He would light himself a cigarette. Placing the cigarette on his lips, he swiftly lit a match. Not a second after, a bullet struck near him.
4: Immediatly, instinct took over. The sniper rolled to a chimney stack and took a glance at the rooftop in front of him. Nothing; his enemy was taking cover. Then, from the corner, an armored car rolled onto the street beneath him. Revealing an informer, who gave away his location.
5: The sniper wasted no time and only a single shot per victim. He took down the man on the turret and the informer. Then suddenly a bullet pierced through his right arm. The rifle dropped with a deafning noise. The bullet had fractured his bone.
6: His arm was numb; he felt nothing but the oozing blood through his fingers. Quickly, he jerked out his knife and cut open the his sleeve.In one motion, he threw his field dressing in front of him.Then, he wasted no time, opening up the wound and smashing the head of the iodine bottle. The cold liquid washed through the open trail and caused an enourmous stinging sensation.
7: He knew that no time could be wasted, or he would be. He brainstormed, taking cover under the parapet; not being able to lift his rifle, he needed to kill his adversary using only a revolver. Then, it struck him, the artifice that would save his life.
8: His plan was deployed to perfection. The clever sniper had placed his cap on the head of his rifle and placed it over the parapet. The opposing Free Stater wasted no time and took the shot, sending a bullet that pierced through the center of the cap. The Republican dropped his wepon, as if he had just demised.
9: The Free Stater was overcome with a supercilious attitude. He believed he had a fresh attainment, expunging his Republican adversary. | He stood on the rooftop nonchalantly; Little did he know, his life is finite, and this is just what may cause his own death. The sniper took aim, his only chance...
10: Trembling, the sniper took his shot. The Free Stater, hit, held on to the parapet for dear life; however, his arms gave out, and soon he was reposing on the ground. | The sniper esteemed this man for his shot; and so he wanted to identify him. Very risky.
11: The Sniper plodded down the alley way, each step was pungent. He was was intercepted by a man wielding a machine gun; he dove to safety seeing his life flash before him. He was determined to see who the enemy sniper was; maybe he was in his own company, maybe they knew each other. The Republican had a very high esteem for this stranger; the shot he took was extremely difficult, and it hit right on target; His esteem was also toward himself, for a brief moment he felt he was invulnerable. He felt a sudden chill as approaching the body, feeling remorse as to how the poor man died. He pulled back the body, but what he saw next made him start to cringe and studder. He was staring into the eyes of his brother; his whole world stopped. He now knew what it felt like to be empty and cold. He realized now that his corruption had changed his fate. He looked back at him and cried. He couldn't take the grief and so he jumped off the roof and died with no soul.
12: The picture above symblizes irony. You would never a expect a cat to be able to do that, specially a kitten! | Irony Contrast between expectation and reality, when something is different than expected. | The author of "The Sniper" uses a lot of irony through out the story. From the beginning, all the way to the end. The ending was extremely ironic, since it was him and his brother who challenged each other to a death match.
13: Conflict Struggle or clash internally or externally. An example of conflict is the 2 men shooting at each other from a rooftop. | In the story, there is A LOT of conflict. Some conflicts were: The Free Staters VS The Republicans, The Sniper VS Brother, and Sniper VS Himself. There are several of types of conflict and this story probably includes all of them. The Sniper faced all sorts of problems.