Symbolism is very important in this story because it shows the underlying meaning of the conflicts in the story. One point of symbolism is how the conflicts between the two different sides of the country is similar to the conflict between the brothers. In this symbol the country represents the family the brothers are part of, and the different sides of the war represent the two different brothers.
Also one of the symbols in this short story is the cold nature of war which is represented by the unnamed characters the story is consistent of. Without the audience knowing the names of all the characters, it shows how it is in most wars, thoughtless kills. When the sniper finds his enemy is his brother, it shows how brutal war can be and that it turns brothers against each other.