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The short stories “The Sniper” and “Cranes” are viewed as very different stories from the surface. The reader would be able to distinguish significant differences between the two. Once differences are stripped away, all that is left are similarities. One of the obvious similarities between “The Sniper” and “Cranes” is a universal theme of divided loyalties. In “The Sniper,” Ireland is divided into two types of Irish communities; Republicans and free staters. In “Cranes,” Korea is divided into North and South Korea. In both stories, both countries are in civil war. “The Sniper” and “Cranes” are also similar in the way the main character is in a situation involving their countries civil war. The main character in “The Sniper” is a sniper and the main character in “Cranes” is Songsam, who is escorting a prisoner captured by the peace police. What is different between the actions of the main characters is that the sniper does his job because he has legal authorization to do so, and Songsam illegally releases an enemy from the handcuffs of the Peace Police. Something the stories have in common is that they both have two main characters. In “Cranes,” the main characters are Songsam and Tokchae. In “The Sniper;” the main characters are the Republican sniper and the Free Stater sniper. Songsam knew Tokchae because they were childhood friends. Not until the end, did the Republican sniper find out that the Free Stater sniper was more than a childhood friend, he was his brother. Some stories can have a happy ending, while others can end in irony. In this case “Cranes “was the happy ending story because Songsam released Tokchae. “The Sniper” ended in irony because the Republican sniper killed the Free Stater sniper, who was his brother.

This was a five paragraph school assignment. I was supposed to compare the short stories "The Sniper" and "Cranes."


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