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The Interlopers

Perhaps the most critical idea that drives "The Interlopers" is the criticism it levels against the kind of long-standing feuds and property disputes that divide its two main characters. Indeed,...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2021, 11:12 am (UTC)

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The first poster covered the definition and three possible interlopers in the story. However, I would argue that Georg and Ulrich are interlopers themselves. Represented in the external conflict of...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2009, 1:55 am (UTC)

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In the story The Interlopers, the main theme would be the enmity between Ulrich and Georg, which causes the two men to feud over the small stretch of forest land and become bitter enemies in the...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2016, 5:00 pm (UTC)

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What is unexpected and ironic about the ending is that the men are fighting each other, but they both end up fighting wolves. This is situational irony. “The Interlopers” is a fable about two men...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2014, 4:04 am (UTC)

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In "The Interlopers," the natural setting is everything because the entire conflict upon which the story is built is based on the rightful ownership of a feud between the von Gradwitz and Znaeym...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2020, 10:49 am (UTC)

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Since there are two major conflicts, an argument can be made that there are two climactic moments. With the conflict of Man vs. Man, the climax comes when the two enemies, Ulrich von Gradwitz and...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2016, 8:43 pm (UTC)

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The word interlopers is itself used as a form of foreshadowing in "The Interlopers." It is mentioned twice by Georg Znaeym, first when the two men are enemies and Georg wants to fight Ulrich with...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2020, 2:00 pm (UTC)

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The two main conflicts in the story are man against man and man against nature. Specifically, the first conflict is Ulrich against Georg. Ulrich legally owns the land that once, three generations...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2016, 6:06 am (UTC)

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"The Interlopers" by H.H. Munro (whose pseudonym is Saki) is a relatively short, short story. The exposition is essentially the first three paragraphs of the selection, and it tells everything we...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2010, 11:16 pm (UTC)

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Saki's short story "The Interlopers" ends ironically when the pinned-down characters realize that wolves are approaching them. To create a surprising, ironic ending like this, the writer has to set...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2016, 1:31 pm (UTC)

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The feud is caused by an old land dispute between the Gradwitz and Znaeym families. As the other educator pointed out, the feud is inherited by the succeeding generations of both families. The land...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2017, 5:41 pm (UTC)

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The point of view of "The Interlopers" is third-person omniscient narrator. For, the narrator taps into the thoughts and feelings of Ulrich von Gradwitz and Georg Znaeym, even though near the end...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2016, 6:40 pm (UTC)

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Georg and Ulrich each think the other is the interloper on a piece of land that each believes he is the rightful owner of. This is a long-standing feud between the men's families that has become...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2021, 12:13 pm (UTC)

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The ending of “The Interlopers” provides an excellent example of situational irony (when the result of a situation is different from what you expect the result to be). In the story, Ulrich and...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2018, 10:48 pm (UTC)

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As the old saying goes: be careful what you wish for, because you might just get it. This particular saying applies to the hapless Ulrich von Gradwitz in Saki's short story “The Interlopers.” As...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2020, 2:00 pm (UTC)

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Characters in narratives are developed and revealed in a number of indirect ways: through a physical description of the character through the character's actions through the character's thoughts,...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2010, 12:22 pm (UTC)

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The central conflict in the story is between Ulrich and Georg over a virtually worthless piece of land. It is an example of a man versus man conflict. Their conflict with each other is as a result...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2007, 1:35 am (UTC)

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In the short story "The Interlopers," the tone is serious and defensive. Both characters, Gradwitz and Znaeym, have hatred one for the other. The setting affects the tone and mood. It is a dark,...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2011, 5:44 am (UTC)

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In this line, Georg stops his struggling for a moment to listen to Ulrich. The struggling that he must stop is both a literal, physical kind of struggle as well as a figuritive, symbolic one....

Latest answer posted April 16, 2018, 10:03 am (UTC)

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The feud between the Gradwitz and Znaeym families stretches back three generations and is inherited by the two main characters, Ulrich and Georg, who continue to quarrel over a narrow strip of...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2019, 4:25 pm (UTC)

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There are both external conflicts and internal conflicts in "The Interlopers." External conflicts: Ulrich von Gradwitz patrols a narrow strip of woodland where there is much game, the strip of land...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2017, 5:27 am (UTC)

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The narrator describes the wind as "whistling and skirling," comparing it, via metaphor, to the bagpipes. The action of skirling is most typically ascribed to this instrument. Further, the...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2019, 11:04 pm (UTC)

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For generations, the Znaeyms and the von Gradwitzes have treated the natural environment as if it were nothing more than a piece of property. Readers never get any sense that these two feuding...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2020, 10:39 am (UTC)

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"Possession," "pride," and "greed" are all good single words that sum up the theme of "The Interlopers." Pride becomes possibly the best summation term, as it has a long literary tradition as the...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2020, 12:23 pm (UTC)

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Ulrich von Gradwitz is in the forest to hunt down his archenemy Georg Znaeym in order to kill him. Both Ulrich and Georg despise each other from childhood and their antipathy for each other has...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2015, 7:31 am (UTC)

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The rising action is the series of events in a story that leads to a climactic moment. In Saki's short story "The Interlopers," the exposition involves the background information regarding the...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2018, 10:19 am (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2011, 5:19 am (UTC)

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As the story opens, Ulrich von Gradwitz is prowling on his land looking for his mortal enemy, Georg Znaeym. In the time of Ulrich's grandfather, the family of Georg Znaeym had lost possession of...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2017, 12:54 am (UTC)

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There are many literary devices in the story. First, there is personification. For instance, nature has a life of its own, and she is powerful. In fact, it is nature that pins them down underneath...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2015, 7:01 pm (UTC)

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Like almost all of Saki's stories, "The Interlopers" has a darkly ironic ending. Just as Ulrich and Georg choose to end their feud and work together toward their mutual rescue, their teamwork...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2012, 10:49 pm (UTC)

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One adjective that can certainly be applied to Saki's short story "The Interlopers" is ironic. In Saki's story, two antagonists who would gladly preside over each other's deaths arrive at a state...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2016, 6:36 am (UTC)

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Before their surprising reconciliation, Ulrich and Georg make one main threat to each other whilst they are trapped underneath the tree that has effectively prevented them from killing each other...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2011, 7:22 pm (UTC)

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The most important example of foreshadowing in the story comes when Georg and Ulrich are trapped beneath a falling tree: A fierce shriek of the storm had been answered by a splitting crash over...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2019, 7:47 am (UTC)

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The short story "The Interlopers" uses many basic literary devices. It sets up characterization, motive, allusion, all taking place in a symbolic setting. However, the central most literary device...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2013, 1:44 pm (UTC)

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"The Interlopers" by H.H. Munro (Saki) is a short story which is more about plot than anything else; however, it also contains some elements of figurative language, as you suggest. Idioms are the...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2013, 4:27 pm (UTC)

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Saki's short story "The Interlopers" has a tragic, poignant ending as Georg and Ulrich helplessly await their brutal deaths as a pack of wolves runs towards them. In the story, Georg Znaeym and...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2019, 9:53 pm (UTC)

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In “The Interlopers,” we know for certain that Ulrich von Gradwitz has come out into the forest on this stormy night because he hates Georg Znaeym. We are not specifically told why Znaeym has come...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2016, 2:17 pm (UTC)

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Georg and Ulrich are similar in that both men have participated in a generational feud for much of their lifetime. As the other educator mentioned, both men are also stubborn, proud, and strong....

Latest answer posted August 30, 2018, 2:15 pm (UTC)

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Like all good stories, there are several important themes. Let me delve into two of them. First, the most obvious feature of the story is the feud that exists between the two families. Ulrich...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2015, 4:48 pm (UTC)

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As with most texts, multiple themes are present. Here are a few ... 1. "Man is insignificant to nature." This is apparent when two very powerful men are trapped under a tree and then are...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2011, 8:39 am (UTC)

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The change in the men's relationship is primarily due to Ulrich's generous overtures to his archenemy, Georg. After being pinned down by the beech tree, the men remain stubborn, despite their...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2018, 7:11 pm (UTC)

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In "The Interlopers" as Ulrich von Gradwitz hunts for the "game" he has long sought, he comes face-to-face with his enemy, Georg Znaeym, "the inheritor of the quarrel and tireless game-snatcher and...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2009, 4:39 am (UTC)

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Initially, Ulrich von Gradwitz plans on killing his longstanding enemy, Georg Znaeym, who has been illegally poaching on his narrow strip of precipitous woodland. The Gradwitz and Znaeym families...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2019, 2:59 pm (UTC)

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Saki creates suspense in the opening paragraph of the story by depicting Ulrich von Gradwitz "watching and listening" for his enemy as he patrols the dark forest. Saki's introduction establishes an...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2020, 8:01 pm (UTC)

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While both men are pinned beneath a tree, Ulrich offers Georg some wine from his flask. Georg refuses his offer. He claims that he does not drink wine with his enemy: Ulrich manages to draw his...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2011, 9:35 pm (UTC)

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There are at least two main messages being delivered to readers in “The Interlopers.” First, the author is trying to tell us that it is important to let go of our grievances before it is too late....

Latest answer posted October 22, 2015, 3:17 pm (UTC)

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The mood of a story is generally not something the author just announces with a flashing neon sign; instead, he uses specific details and diction (language) to convey the tone and mood of the...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2013, 8:15 pm (UTC)

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The sequence of events (plot) might be similar if the story was told from the dual perspectives of Georg and Ulrich. However, if Saki had chosen this kind of narration, he might have used...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2016, 5:48 pm (UTC)

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The main external conflict is the long-running feud between the Znaeym and von Gradwitz families. They've been at each other's throats for years, and all because of a remote patch of forest. This...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2019, 8:26 am (UTC)

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Similarities between The Interlopers and The Machine That Won The War. 1)Both stories are set against the background of a long-standing conflict: In The Interlopers, the generational conflict...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2015, 4:16 pm (UTC)

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