Saki The Interlopers Analysis

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What is it about human nature that leads to feuds? It is human nature to be influenced by the people you are surrounded by. This literary analysis is about the short story “The Interlopers” by Saki. “The Interlopers” is about two men named Ulrich and Georg whose families have been in a fued for centuries over a piece of land. They plan and meet up in the forest to kill each other but a tree ends up falling on them. They get trapped there in the cold and wolves eat the alive. Conflict and symbolism help convey Saki’s theme of in order to break feuds nature need to intervene. In “The Interlopers” conflict is a main literary device they use to convey the theme. Ulrich and Georg the two main characters, are in constant conflict throughout the entire story. “ If there was a man in the world whom he detested and wished ill to, it was Georg Znaeym, the inheritor of the quarrel and the tireless game snatcher and raider …show more content…
Even though the Von Gradwitz and the Znaeym families have been feuding over a narrow strip of forest for generations, nature triumphs over both. These two men symbolize true interlopers in a domain the cannot actually be controlled by any man. When they first encounter each other “a deed of Nature’s own violence overwhelmed them both,” (Saki lines 55-56). And are pinned under a tight tangle of forked branches. While they are in this predicament, the men argue over whose foresters will arrive first. Later, however, as they lie between life and death pondering their situation, they decide to reconcile their differences. Ulrich von Gradwitz tells Georg Znaeym that he has changed his mind, and if his men arrive first, Znaeym will be the first to be helped. After considering this offer, Znaeym decides to extend his friendship to von Gradwitz as well. But in actuality, they have no control over their situation. Nature asserts its dominance as wolves are seen running down the hill toward