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The Sniper and Cranes are comparable but they are also verydifferent Both of these stories are about war and they show theeffects of war on people The main characters in both of these storieswere effected by war in a major way and this is revealed in thesetting characters and themeThe Sniper by Liam OFlaherty is set in Ireland during their civilwar This was a time of turmoil for Ireland and many families wereseparated and turned against each other In the story the maincharacter was fighting against his brother in battle and he ended upkilling him The main character was a Republican sniper who wasfighting in the civil war for Ireland and he became numb to the factthat every time he fired he was killing innocent lives The theme ofthis story is When does the cost of war become to high After herealized that he killed his brother he saw that the sacrifice he hadmade for war became too greatCranes by Hwang Sunwon is set in Korea during their civil war North and South Korea were fighting against each other and it splitfamilies and friends up The main character in the story Tokchae helped his neighbor Songsam who was arrested for staying with his illfather instead of fighting in the war Tokchae realized that Songsammade a sacrifice for his family that he should have made The Sniper and Cranes are similar but also very different Thesetting characters and theme of the stories reveal that both of themain characters were effected by war in a major wayThevenot 1
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