What are some examples of symbolism in "The Interlopers"?

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I would want to point out the way in which the violence of nature against the two interlopers on her territory is symbolised very efficiently in the way that both Georg and Ulrich are knocked down and crushed by the tree in the storm. Consider how this event is described in the story, which comes just as Georg and Ulrich face each other:

And before the moment of hesitation had given way to action, a deed of Nature's own violence overwhelmed them both. A fierce shriek of the storm had been answered by a splitting crash over their heads, and ere they could leap aside, a mass of falling beech tree had thundered down on them.

It is important to realise that in this story, nature itself is a vital character, and such passages and the symbolism they contain make us think that the true interlopers are the two men who have foolishly started a feud over a stretch of land that they had no right to in the first place. The tree, the storm and the wolves indicate symbolically the supremacy of nature which is compared to the frail and arrogant claims of man over specific tracts of land.

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