It is always a good idea to put a piece of literature like “The Sniper” by Liam O’Flaherty into perspective to better understand it. You can analyse it by associating it with a literary period, works with similar themes or with the socio-historical context it depicts.

Literary period & historical context

The short story “The Sniper” belongs to the Modernist period in literature.


Works in the same genre

When it comes to the genre of short stories dealing with real historical events, we recommend you read the short story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce. The short story depicts events which took place during the American Civil War and focuses on the way in which a Southerner is tricked by a Union Soldier and eventually hanged.


Works with the same theme

For the theme of war, we recommend you read the two stories by Ambrose Bierce we have mentioned in the previous section. You could also read “Soldier’s Home” by Ernest Hemingway,...


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