Liam O 'Flaherty's The Sniper'

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In the short story by Liam O'Flaherty "The Sniper," the theme is that war has no rules or requirements2, conflict is expressed by the brutality of the war which is used to make his point stronger. The authors theme throughout the short story is that conflict takes tolls on everyone not just the people on the front lines. When thinking about war you usually think about the soldiers fighting but what about the people at home trying to provide from their families and the war. Having to deal with the losing of a family member or a friend, knowing once they left they may never come back. Although O’Flaherty doesn’t focus on this point it is clearly there they are fighting in Dublin a very populated city the people most likely the people had to evacuate leaving everything behind. “Here and there through the city, machine guns and rifles broke the silence of the night, spasmodically, like dogs barking on lone farms. Republicans and Free Staters were waging civil …show more content…
“ O’Flaherty does not describe such incidents as the raging battles, the Four Courts seizure and bombing, or the assignations of major leaders on both sides of the conflict.” (Korb 226). That quote means that as brutal as O’Flaherty describes it, it was much worse. The conflict is not only a physical enemy but also a mental enemy inside of the soldiers. “While the civil war holds all the Irish people in its clutches, the fighting has a much greater effect on the combatants, significantly dehumanizing them.” Even when the last shots have been fired there will be lasting effects on the soldiers who have seen the horrors of war. “Then the sniper turned over the dead body and looked into his brother's face” (O’Flaherty 1). When it said they would have a mental effect it is nothing like realizing you killed your brother, someone you grew up with. War has its tolls but if it is something worth fighting for then you must do