BC: Short Story Re-Tell By Nicholas J. Gerstung Date 3/14/2008 Period 1st
FC: The Sniper | The Sniper | The Sniper | The Sniper
1: He was a Republican sniper, whose job was to wait, waiting upon a rooftop in Dublin looking across the Liffey River during a civil war with the Free Staters. | He was use to waiting for death and you could see that cold look of death in his eyes as he gazed out across the O'Connell Bridge.
2: He risked taking a smoke while waiting on the rooftop. Suddenly a bullet came across the rooftop and he dropped. He looked over the rooftop and saw a flash and felt another bullet pass over his head as he ducked down. He knew where the bullet had come from because of the flash, but couldn't find the sniper. He was hidden.
3: He couldn't find the other sniper, but he saw an armored tank coming across the bridge. He knew he couldn't shot the tank. Then an elderly lady came up to the men in the tank and pointed to the rooftop where he lay in wait. He did what he had to do and shot the men in the tank and the elderly lady who had informed on him.
5: The sniper suddenly dropped his rifle after a shot had rang out. He realized he had been shot in the arm. The blood gushed from his arm. He ripped his sleeve open and tied his arm up to staunch the bleeding. He looked for an escape route while overcoming the pain.
6: All was calm around the sniper as he lay waiting, trying to figure out how to escape. The tank had moved on across the bridge with the head of the gunner laying across the turret. The elderly lady lay in the gutter dead. He realized that he had to kill the other sniper before morning came upon them. He couldn't use his rifle because of his useless arm, but he could use his gun and he had come up with a plan.
7: He had come up with a plan. He put his cap on the muzzle of his rifle and then raised his rifle up so that the other sniper would see it. Of course, the other sniper fell for the trick and fired a shot. After the shot was fired, he let the rifle and the cap fall over the parapet. The other sniper thought that he had successfully shot him and was arrogant enough to stand up. The Republican sniper smiled inside because he knew his plan had worked as he aimed his gun. He took a deep breath and fired a shot. The recoil made his arm hurt and the report almost made his deaf. After all the smoke had cleared, he cried out a scream of joy. His plan worked and he watched as the other sniper reeled across the rooftop, drop his rifle over the side of the building and fall over.
9: The sniper felt such remorse as he watched the other sniper fall from the rooftop. He cursed everything around him. He cursed the war, he cursed himself and he cursed the people around him. He felt remorse and revolt looking at the body of his victim lying on the ground below. He hated the revolver he was holding and threw it away as though it was a bomb. The gun went off and a bullet went past his head and awoke the sniper from his trance. He gathered his nerves and then laughed at everthing that happened.
10: Then curiosity got the better of the sniper and he wanted to know who the other sniper was. He decided to risk running across the street through a hail of bullets to see who this man was. "Then the sniper turned over the dead body and looked into his brother's face." ------------
12: The theme for The Sniper is the misfortune of civil war. This civil war is between the Republicans and the Free Staters of the Anglo-Irish Treaty. The Sniper shows the tragedy and pointlessness of war. The Sniper criticizes violence. The writer, Liam O'Flaherty, was also involved in Irish politics on the Republicans side and understands the realism of war. The story has severeal ironies throughout it. One would be the old lady who was spying and let the tankman know where the sniper was. You would never expect an old lady to be spying or wandering around in the middle of a war. The biggest ironic moment is when he shots his foe, the other sniper, and then realizes it is his brother. This one huge moment helps sum up the whole story which is war is meaningless.