The Sniper

Presented by Nolan, Brett, Clair, Jace
Introduction- “On a roof top near O’Connell Bridge a republican
sniper lay watching.”(Pg 1)
Rising Action- “He stooped to pick the rifle up. He couldn’t lift
it. His arm was dead. I’m hit he muttered”. (Pg.2)
Climax- “He must kill the enemy and he could not use his rifle.
He had only his revolver to do it. Then he thought of a plan”.
(Pg 3)
Falling action- “Then when the smoke cleared, he peered
across and uttered a cry of joy” (Pg. 3)
Denouement- “Then the sniper turned over the dead body and
looked into his brothers face”(Pg. 4)
The soldier was doing what he was ordered to do
which was to kill the enemy.
 If he didn’t do his job the consequences could be
fatal to him or the people of which he represents
in the war.
 People act different depending on what kind of
situation they are placed in.
 “The blood was oozing through the sleeve of his
coat. There was no pain--just a deadened
sensation, as if the arm had been cut off.”(pg. 2)
The snipers hate towards the other sniper is so strong that his
emotions are set aside for his political standing point
This hate and generated in the Irish civil war has even set
family members against each other.
The lack of the snipers emotion makes him want to kill the
enemy without thinking about who he is killing
“but his eyes had the cold gleam of the fanatic. They were
deep and thoughtful, the eyes of a man who is used to looking
at death.”(pg. 1)
The Protagonist
The Sniper
The other characters
are the brother, the old lady and the driver of the
“The flash might be seen in the darkness, and there
were enemies watching. He decided to take the risk.
Placing a cigarette between his lips, he struck a match,
inhaled the smoke hurriedly and put out the light.
Almost immediately, a bullet flattened itself against the
parapet of the roof. The sniper took another whiff and
put out the cigarette. Then he swore softly and crawled
away to the left.”(Pg 1)
“The sniper looked at his enemy falling and he
shuddered. The lust of battle died in him. He
became bitten by remorse.”
“He wondered did he know him. Perhaps he
had been in his own company before the split in
the army. He decided to risk going over to have
a look at him.”(Pg 4)
“Then he thought of a plan. Taking off his cap, he placed it over
the muzzle of his rifle. Then he pushed the rifle slowly upward
over the parapet, until the cap was visible from the opposite
side of the street. Almost immediately there was a report, and
a bullet pierced the center of the cap. The sniper slanted the
rifle forward. The cap clipped down into the street. Then
catching the rifle in the middle, the sniper dropped his left hand
over the roof and let it hang, lifelessly. After a few moments he
let the rifle drop to the street. Then he sank to the roof,
dragging his hand with him.” (Pg. 3)
The sniper represents a person vs. person conflict
The sniper is physically trying to shoot and kill the other
 “Pressing his lips together, he took a deep breath through his
nostrils and fired.”
Another type of conflict in this short story is person vs. self
The sniper curses to the war and questions why he is fighting
for whatever he is fighting for
“The sniper looked at his enemy falling and he shuddered.
The lust of battle died in him. He became bitten by
remorse.”(pg. 3)
The sniper is written in a third person point of view
with no fore shadowing this allows the reader to be
surprised with the outcome.
We only know what the character knows
The sniper turned the body of the dead solider over and
looked into his brothers face.(Pg. 4)
We only know that the enemy sniper is his brother until
he kills him at the same point as when he finds out.
We also know the feelings and thoughts of the
There was no pain just a deadened sensation , as if the
arm had been cut off (Pg. 2)
The Sniper feels a deadened sensation in his arm after
being shot by the enemy sniper and it feels like it had
just been cut off
Uses pronouns such as (they, she, he, it, etc.)
She began to talk to the man in the turret of the car (Pg.
Uses the pronoun she, he throughout the story
Impact- This type of point of view only lets you know what the character
knows so the story never foreshadows what is going to happen. It also allows
the character to have a variety of emotions about one thing.
At first the sniper feels happy because he has killed his enemy and is out of
harms way.
“Then when the smoke cleared, he peered across and uttered a cry of joy”.
When the sniper realizes what he has done he begins to feel bad because he
has just killed someone.
“He became bitten by remorse”
Then at the end of story the sniper realizes that he has killed his brother and
feels even worse.
"There is also this intense feeling of looking
death in the face, tempting fate, challenging
the reaper, so to speak......."
The author of “The Sniper” used literary devices
to engage the reader and get you lost in the
story. By using description he is able to make
the reader feel like they are right beside the
sniper as he fights. By elaborating what the
sniper says, sees and hears it makes you feel as
if you are the sniper in war torn Dublin.
“The sniper could hear the dull panting of its motor”
The author gives the motor human like characteristics
by implying it pants.

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