The Interlopers by Saki

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What is an interloper and who are the interlopers in the story?

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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 "man vs. nature" found in the story, the two characters may be considered trespassers (interlopers) in the forest. Both attempt to claim ownership, but this something that can only be offered by society.

In truth, the men and their civilization cannot truly claim the land, as evidenced by their inability to tame the natural world. The tree's attack on the men illustrates this idea, and by the end of the story the men are about to be attacked by a pack of wolves. Each man has abused his rights by coming into the forest with the hope of killing his enemy to gain possession of the woods. However, the wolves, beasts that belong to the wild, appear to be the true victors in this conflict, as it is implied they will kill their human enemy and rid their world of these human intruders.

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There are at least two types of interlopers in the short story, "The Interlopers," by Saki (H. H. Munro), but only one of the group is deadly. When lifelong enemies Georg and Ulrich finally decide to end their feud once and for all, fate gets in their way. Meeting in the forest one night, they both plan to kill one another with their rifles, but neither can pull the trigger. Suddenly, a tree is felled by a bolt of lightning, and both men are pinned helplessy beneath it. Each of them expect to be found by their...

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kaak | Student

in simple plain english the interlopers are the wolves the tree and the 2 men

 

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The Wolves

 

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