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"The Sniper" is a short story that is a prime example of how war can tear a person apart mentally, physically, and emotionally in a matter of seconds.

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Heather Grabin English 12 (1) October.17.2005 "The Sniper" is a short story that is a prime example of how war can tear a person apart mentally, physically, and emotionally in a matter of seconds. A sniper is perched on a rooftop, armed and ready to kill. The sniper has been on the roof since dawn. He takes a chance lighting a cigarette for a quick fix, but the glow from his cigarette signals an enemy soldier to his company. A bullet soars toward the sniper on the rooftop and rickshaws off the side on the building. He quickly puts his cigarette out and switches place. Escaping death is a very dramatic experience and will stay with a person till death. ...read more.

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Killing someone is also an experience that will leave you in mental pain for the rest of your life. Not only does it take a lot for someone to kill someone, but the aftermath is extremely intense. The moment you do it, you know that you will never forget it. As the old woman falls to the ground, from another rooftop a bullet flies into his forearm; he is wounded. Being in war will not only create problems in your mind, but you may also have physical scars as well. The wounds in war are not ordinary everyday wounds, they are done by heavy machinery and well-built guns that have a sole purpose to kill those who are struck by it. ...read more.

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As he dodges bullets and skids towards the corpse, he turns over the body, only to find himself staring into his brother's sorrowful eyes. Now this experience is possibly the worst that could happen in a war. Not only is killing another person going to stay in this mans mind, but he murdered his brother, his own flesh and blood. The short story "The Sniper" shows how war, in this case civil war, can tear a man apart. War makes you come to terms you would never come to in any other situation on earth. War changes the life of any soldier, and once you are put in the situations of war you are a changed person for life. The consequences of war are just too much for any human being to handle. ...read more.

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