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The Sniper written by Liam OFlaherty suggests the unimportance of family It presents the idea of how war can effect and separate families Sometimes war and other loyalties make family members unrecognizable I believe the Sniper would have fired the fatal shot if he knew the other soldier was his brother because first of all war divides families second of all it exterminates the feeling of remorse and lastly it weakens family bond by decreasing the values of your family members To begin with separation and division war can split families apart Sometimes your survival becomes more important to you than the rest of your family Just like in the short story Cranes by Hwang Sunwon Songsam betrayed his family for his survival In fact the influence of war ripped him and his best friend Tok-Chae apart The two childhood friends became rivals because of fighting on different sides of the war They had forgotten the value of family and friendship until the day when they finally faced each other Maybe the same thing happened with the Sniper As stated by the author in the text Then the sniper turned over the dead body and looked into his brothers face This statement doesnt express any guilt or sorrow Even Dane said in the Socratic discussion He would have taken the shot anyway because its his duty And I agree with that because if he doesnt follow his duty he might be killed for being a traitor Secondly war exterminates the felling of remorse War is all about murders and violence And if you want to survive you have to kill your enemy For the Sniper murdering someone didnt mean anything because he was used to it It was his duty He just saw it as his job Even Dane agreed with this in the discussion by saying killing someone didnt matter to him because he has done it like ten times before Also in
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