The Sniper

Republican Sniper Character Analysis

The Republican sniper begins the story concerned only with his most immediate problems—his hunger, his desire to light a cigarette, and his desire to survive and defeat his enemies. He ends up being confronted by the question of the destructive divisiveness of war. The sniper contends with his glee and eagerness to kill his enemy even as he also feels remorse and loss at the inhumanity of war. His human impulse to identify the man he has killed at the end of the story leads him to discover that he is very intimately aware of his enemy’s humanity, as his enemy is also his brother.

Republican Sniper Quotes in The Sniper

The The Sniper quotes below are all either spoken by Republican Sniper or refer to Republican Sniper. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the St. Martin's Press edition of The Sniper published in 1999.
The Sniper Quotes

The sniper thought the noise would wake the dead.

Related Characters: Republican Sniper, Enemy Sniper
Page Number: 97
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The Republican sniper smiled and lifted his revolver above the edge of the parapet...his hand trembled with eagerness.

Related Characters: Republican Sniper, Enemy Sniper
Page Number: 98
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Then when the smoke cleared, he peered across and uttered a cry of joy. His enemy had been hit.

Related Characters: Republican Sniper, Enemy Sniper
Page Number: 98
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The lust of battle died in him. He became bitten by remorse…he revolted from the sight of the shattered mass of his dead enemy. His teeth chattered, he began to gibber to himself, cursing the war, cursing himself, cursing everybody.

Related Characters: Republican Sniper
Page Number: 98
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He felt a sudden curiosity as to the identity of the enemy sniper whom he had killed…Perhaps he had been in his own company before the split in the army.

Related Characters: Republican Sniper, Enemy Sniper
Page Number: 99
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Then the sniper turned over the dead body and looked into his brother’s face.

Related Characters: Republican Sniper, Enemy Sniper
Related Symbols: The Brother
Page Number: 99
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Republican Sniper Character Timeline in The Sniper

The timeline below shows where the character Republican Sniper appears in The Sniper. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The Sniper
Divisions Theme Icon
War, Violence, and Enmity Theme Icon
...guns and rifles, which sound like “dogs barking on lone farms.” Near O’Connel Bridge a Republican sniper lies on a rooftop along a deserted street. He has “the face of a student”... (full context)
War, Violence, and Enmity Theme Icon
Pain and Perseverance Theme Icon
Smiling, the Republic sniper aims his revolver as his “right arm was paining him like a thousand devils.” His... (full context)