The Interlopers by Saki

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What are three possible interpretations of "The Interlopers"?

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It is interesting that the tree falling down is described as "nature's act of violence." This would support the views given above in #4 and #5. The men are the interlopers into a treacherous environment, and pay the consequences as a result.

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I agree with mwestwood. The men are the true interlopers. They have brought their blood feud into the wild beauty of nature, and while nature would expect the beast to be cruel, humankind is not meant to act like animals. As retribution, nature ensured that each man got his wish for "the other's death."

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Since you have put Interlopers as the title, the question seems to imply interpretation of the story per se . One...

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Saki wrote this when at war. In the world war about 35 million people were killed or badly wounded. I think Saki thought that the idea of man fighting over land to a muderous point was stupid.

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