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What is the theme of the story, "The Interlopers"?

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pikachew | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 15, 2011 at 3:18 AM via web

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What is the theme of the story, "The Interlopers"?

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lsumner | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted July 15, 2011 at 5:42 AM (Answer #1)

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In "The Interlopers," the theme is based on a feud between two families. The feud is based on an argument over a strip of forestland. The hatred that has developed because of this feud has become quite serious, with both Ulrich von Gradwitz and Georg Znaeym having murderous thoughts:

Ulrich and Georg are enemies who have brought a family feud over a piece of forestland to a murderous point.

Through the years, the feud has only grown stronger. The theme is based on the hatred or enmity that Ulrich and Georg have one for the other. These two men have allowed their hatred to culminate to a point which now involves serious, dangerous actions. The two enemies are in the woods waiting for the other one to run into the other. With guns in hand, the two men look at each other with murderous thoughts:

The two men face each other with rifles in hand, but neither can bring himself to shoot the other. Before either man can act, a bolt of lighting strikes a tree. It falls over and pins them underneath its limbs.

While pinned beneath the tree, having time to think about their actions, the theme changes to one of understanding. The two enemies decide to put their differences aside. Now that the feud is over, there is only one thing with which to worry--a pack of wolves is heading in their direction.

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onsnapitzari | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted October 1, 2012 at 9:59 PM (Answer #2)

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Your should let the past be The Past and not let it interfere with the present and/or future

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steinersus | Middle School Teacher | eNoter

Posted July 15, 2011 at 6:12 AM (Answer #3)

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It's not always good to hold a grudge.

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cookiee-monster | Student, Grade 11 | Honors

Posted September 27, 2011 at 5:49 AM (Answer #4)

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Grudges and hatred may lead to death

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Make friends instead of enemies, and talk instead of fight

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