by Liam O`Flaherty (1897-1984) blackfeatherfilms 2 Author Style The

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by Liam O'Flaherty (1897-1984)
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Author Style
 The
author style is the Rat-a-tat prose, which
means that the author uses short sentences to
maintain suspense in the story.
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The Irish Civil War
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Setting
 Place:
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"The Sniper" takes place in Ireland's
largest city, Dublin, located on the country's east
coast on Dublin Bay, an inlet of the Irish Sea.
The IRA sniper posts himself on a roof-top in
central Dublin near the Four Courts building,
which houses the high courts of Ireland, and
O'Connell Bridge.
 Time:
The time is nightfall in June, after the
establishment of the Irish Free State, during a
civil war that erupted in 1922-1923.
The Four Courts
(Setting Place of “The Sniper’’)
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Order of Events
 Directions:
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Place the following events in the order:
1.________An old woman comes out from a side
street.
2.________An armored car comes across the
bridge.
3.________The sniper lights his cigarette.
4.________The sniper learns the identity of the
man he had killed.
5.________The dying man on the roof crumpled up
and fell forward.
6.________The sniper gets shot in the arm.
Climax
 Shoots
old woman
 Sniper gets wounded
 Trap—trick other sniper into thinking we are
dead.
 Kills the other sniper.
 Discovers—that he has killed
 his brother
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Protagonist
 The
Republican Sniper—for the
Irish Republic--Catholic
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Antagonist
 The
other sniper—Free-Stater. Irish Free State
which would be Protestant. (This is the brother,
he does not support a united Ireland).
 The Old Woman
 The other side of the war.
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Point of View
 Third
person, author limited to our Sniper. We see,
hear, feel, all that he knows.
 For example,
 For third-person narratives, don't use the words "I" or
"you."
 Saying "I did this..." makes it first person.
 Saying "You'll see this..." makes it second person.
 Saying "It happened like this..." makes it third person.
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Conflict
v. society –civil war.
 Two sides are impersonal…
 Man
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Climax
 The
climax of the story is when the Republican
sniper kills the enemy sniper.
 HOWEVER, there is no real resolution in this
story, because after the Republican sniper kills
the enemy sniper he goes to see the identity of
the enemy sniper whom he killed. When the
Republican sniper discovers the enemy sniper
he killed is his brother, that is not really the
resolution.
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Denouement (a surprising ending)
This is called a
(Day- new- ma)

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Denouement
 What
happens after the discovery of the identity
of the other sniper?
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