What is the setting for "The Interlopers" and how does it contribute to the mood?
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The dark forest setting helps create an atmosphere conducive to the plot. Two enemies out to kill each other, darkness and hatred in their hearts. In a forest it is easy to lose one's way, as is has been for these men; bitter enemies feuding over land for three generations. It isn't until they are forced together do they start to see the proverbial forest through the trees. The mood begins to shift as nature intervenes through a bolt of lightening, a flash of light representative of them realizing they have wasted their lives being enemies. This realization becomes strong as each decides when their men come to rescue them, they will save the other first. However, the darkness of the forest wins out over light in the story's ironic ending.
The entire short story, "The Interlopers," by Saki (H. H. Munro), takes place in a wooded forest in the Carpathian (or Karpathian) Mountains that extend through parts of the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Serbia and the Ukraine. "The Interlopers" does not specify in which country it takes place. The characters do cover several different parts of the forest, however; part of the story takes place on a crest of a hill (where Ulrich has placed his ambushers) before Ulrich wanders down into the undergrowth below. These are the only two settings in the story, although Ulrich and Georg joke about entering the local market square together after they have reunited. Of course, they will never get the chance.
It is in a dark forest in theCarpathians and the darkness helps the mood of the two men finding each other.
The interlopers takes place on the border of two plots of land. It is described as being very steep and heavily wooded- essentially a piece of worthless land because nothing can be grown there and no one can build there. Ulrich and Georg both believe that this useless piece of land is part of his territory and so it has sparked a family feud that reaches across generations of each family. In the story we find the two out "hunting", but they are really looking to accidentally shoot the other because the land is described as not being good for hunting either. The whole story unfolds on this steep, heavily wooded hillside that divides these two regions of land, these two families, and these two men.
More specifically the majority of the story takes place beneath the tree that has been struck by lightning that has pinned the two men down together, within reach of the other, but not close enough to do any damage, they are forced to speak about their situation.
The setting to the story is the forest over which these two men have laid claim and are fighting over. Its thick brush and the darkness that it creates are representative of their feud in that the forest, like their feud, is dense and dark and presents a major problem in their lives. The fact that they come face to face in this forest shows how the forest has brought them together, even though initially it is as enemies in a feud. However, once they are trapped in the forest and are forced to deal with and finally agree to resolve the feud, the forest, which was once a problem, is now the element that is causing them to solve the issue (seen as they are trapped under a tree).
This setting contributes to the mood of the story in that the depth and darkness of the forest create the sense of danger and foreboding that is present at the beginning. Additionally, the tree that traps the two men mirrors and resonates the conflict in their lives that is bringing them together, namely the feud. This then contributes to the sense of struggle the reader feels.
It takes place in a forest somewhere on the eastern spurs of the Carpathians.
the dark forest symbolizes the feud that still continuous. and the lightning symbolizes how worthless this feud is. at the end of the story dark forest win the lighting.
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