"Two snipers on opposing sides of the Irish Civil War clash on a summer evening in June. One sniper fakes his death to trick the other into standing up. While examining the corpse, the sniper realizes that his enemy was ... "
“The Sniper” relates an encounter in downtown Dublin, near the O’Connell Bridge, between a sniper for the Republicans and a sniper for the Free Staters. Guns roar in the distance as the Republican sniper lies on a rooftop. He is a young boy. “His face was that of a student—thin and ascetic, but his eyes had the cold gleam of a fanatic . . . the eyes of a man who is used to looking at death.”
- Answer these questions:
- What atmosphere does the author convey to the reader? Give concrete examples.
- Characterise the sniper. What do we get to know about his feelings?
- Vocabulary. Look these words up in a monolingual dictionary.
- e.g. beleaguered (line 4): to surround with troops.
- Ascetic (line ...): ......
- Identify the following elements for the short story:
- Point of View:
DEADLINE: June 2.