Who is the main character in "The Interlopers"?

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Noelle Thompson eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In my opinion, this is a trick question because there are truly two main characters in "The Interlopers."  If I were forced to choose one, I would choose Ulrich von Gradwitz; however, Georg Znaeym has been Ulrich's enemy from birth and is just as important to the story.  The entire story is about their exploits together as grown men.  Ulrich von Gradwitz is a wealthy landowner.  He owns a very important stretch of forest land, but he knows that Georg continues to hunt on this land on purpose:  Georg is protesting Ulrich's right to own the land.  When the story takes place, Ulrich organizes a group to find Georg, so Georg can be killed.  Ironically, both men end up getting trapped under a tree because of a lightning strike, and it is Ulrich that offers to make amends by sharing a drink with Georg.  The other main character, Georg Znaeym, instead of being a wealthy landowner is a small landowner.  Georg has always been unhappy about Ulrich getting the rights to the disputed piece of forest land, and as a result calls it a ‘‘stolen forest.'' He does end up making amends with Ulrich under the tree.