Two main themes stand out from this story. First, we see the blinding power of animosity or hatred. Both men are impaired by their blind hatred for the other, based on a feud that started long before their time. We have to wonder how this situation would have changed had these two enemies been more willing to lay aside hostility thrust upon them by their family members. Saki seems to be making a broader implications about what influences us to hate others and whether those reasons are justified. Second, we see the ability of nature to overpower man. It is the storm and the tree that initially weaken the men, and the inference of the ending is that the wolves will overtake them. Despite the power that each man has, and despite each man's attempt to overpower and claim the land, the land ultimately overpowers and claims their lives.