The Interlopers by Saki

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What is the theme of "The Interlopers"?

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Several themes are present in “The Interlopers.” One major theme is nature’s indifference to man; Ulrich and Georg feud over who owns a part of the forest but, in the end, their reconciliation doesn’t matter to a pack of hungry wolves. Another relevant theme is the danger of senselessly clinging to past grudges.


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One theme of "The Interlopers" is the dominance of nature over man.

Although the von Gradwitz and Znaeym families have been feuding for generations over a narrow strip of forest, nature triumphs over both. Thus, the two men are the true interlopers in a domain that cannot actually be controlled by any man. When the two enemies first encounter each other "a deed of Nature's own violence overwhelmed them both," and they are pinioned under "a tight tangle of forked branches." While they are in this predicament, the men argue over whose foresters will arrive first. Later, however, as they lie...

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Keep the past away from your present and future.

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Your should let the past be The Past and not let it interfere with the present and/or future

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Grudges and hatred may lead to death

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Make friends instead of enemies, and talk instead of fight

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It's not always good to hold a grudge.

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