The Sniper Smore

By: Kiarra Randall

Setting

Setting is the place or type of surroundings where something is positioned or where an event takes place. The story takes place in Dublin, Ireland in the 1920's.

"Dublin lay enveloped in darkness but for the dim light of the moon that shone through fleecy clouds casting a pale light as of approaching dawn over the streets & the dark waters of the liffey."

Tone

Tone is a literary compound of composition, which encompasses the attitudes toward the subject and toward the audience implied in a literary work .The tone is dark, foreboding, and always filled with tension in the anticipation of violence.

In the story it repeats words like "dark" and "night" as well as words such as "faded," "dim," "silent," and guns "barking."

Theme

Theme is the subject of a talk, a piece of writing, a person's thoughts, or an exhibition; a topic. The Sniper” emphasizes one of the greatest ironies of civil war: Brother is pitted against brother. In this story, Liam O’Flaherty deals with a strife that has divided Ireland for more than sixty years and still shows few signs of moderating. The Republican sniper in the story is young, and his youth is emphasized.

Characterization

Characterization the way in which the writer portrays the characters in a book, play, or movie.The main character in O'Flaherty's "The Sniper" is characterized as a rugged soldier who is hardened to the horrors of war. " He eats his sandwich "hungrily" hinting at an animalistic nature, a person who is running more on instinct"