Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Effective Ending of the Short Story ''The Sniper"



Is the Ending Effective in the Short Story ''The Sniper''?

Is the ending Effective? Let’s question you- what does the word effective mean? The answer is- adequate to accomplish a purpose; producing the intended or expected result.

Now, let’s solve it. Was the ending adequate to accomplish a purpose? The answer is- Yes! Now you must find out the purpose and the matters on which the author wanted to emphasis through the ending. The purpose is surely revealing- brutality of war, redundant killings and fratricide. So you can say that the ending is effective, as it reveals -

1. Brutality of war
2. Redundant killings
3. Fratricide (it could be used in a broader meaning in the sense that, all men are brothers)

On the way to effective ending, was the author a bit sympathetic to the sniper? Yes he was. But not to a particular soldier or sniper, he was considerate to all sniper or soldier. In sum, was universal while sympathizing the sniper. The sniper represents a regular individual, who is used as a tool to implement orders of superiors, politicians, or the state and the tool acts without knowing or thoughts. They just are converted into animal, who don't know much apart from- hunger, pain, survival.

However, author's sympathy can be found in the following lines-
"The lust of battle died in him. He became bitten by remorse. The sweat stood out in beads on his forehead. Weakened by his wound and the long summer day of fasting and watching on the roof, he revolted from the sight of the shattered mass of his dead enemy."

So, in the story you would find following reasons to recognize the empathy of the author-

1. End of the lust of battle
2. Remorse
3. The inquisitiveness to see dead enemy face

The author, no doubt, was perfect enough to sketch such a dramatic end. Which was not only effective, but also grand indeed.