a) Details in story; roaring gunshots, guns broke the silence, twilight, envelope of darkness, approaching dawn, faded light, moon light, dark waters.
- Roaring gunshots and guns breaking the silence: These details symbolize power and violence. These weapons can take the life of anyone, when a gun lands in the wrong hands lives could end. Every gunshot could mean someone maybe even someone close to you is getting fired at. The silence in the story could symbolize death and sadness during war, the silence is a calm before the storm.-
- Twilight, envelope of darkness, faded light, moonlight, approaching dawn, dark waters: The lack of light in the story is because of the war, there is probably no power and the only light is supplied by the moon. There is little light and the darkness is consuming.
The message is related to conflict between good, whether it’s family, strangers or friends. The evil in the story is the British but the ones that are fighting are both Irish. In the end the brother ended up getting killed by his own family and he would never know that. The bad turned family against each other. These people fighting probably aren’t as bad as they seem to be, but the world around them has changed the way they see others. They see them as enemies when really they should be working together.
The author described him with a face of a student, thin and ascetic but with a cold gleam in his eyes. I would describe him as a young soul that was forced into bad things, he lost his way of life and is used to seeing death. War changed him, he now looks at life like it’s a battle, like a game, kill or be killed.
The author only describes the sniper in the story for the purpose of making the end a surprise with the killing of the brother. We still don’t know any names in the story but i feel that he made the sniper nameless so it’s easier to see yourself as the main character. Only focusing on the sniper brings us closer to this person and once we read the ending we can go back and look at details with the other sniper.
The ending was a surprise to me. I find it powerful because it’s the snipers karma for killing anyone. The people he killed have loved ones so he’s feeling what the others families are feeling when they find out that their loved one is dead. His pain will be worse because the bullet that took his brother’s life came from his revolver. The bad decision that this sniper made has affected his brothers life and his own because he has to live with the fact that he killed his family.
A story like this could happen in Canada with elections and any wars that happened in the past. Politics could make things like this happen all the time. People have different views on the world and fight about it all the time. Families could get split apart from this. In the war of 1812 many families and friends could be split apart and in conflict. Normal life things could relate to this because many people won’t go through war times, Even making a bad decision could affect the people close to you like it did in this short story.