Who were the interlopers in the story "The Interlopers"?

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An interloper is an intruder. In the story it is Ulrich, Georg, and their families who are the intruders. Both men feel that the forest belongs to them. They look upon the land as a piece of property, something that can be bought and sold. But their unfortunate experience with the falling tree reminds them that this is not the case. Irrespective of Georg and Ulrich's legal claims, nature has a life of its own; ultimately it belongs to no one. The forest has been around since time immemorial; it was there long before either of these men and their families even existed, and it will still be there long after they've died. The Von Gladwitzes and the Znaeymses are interlopers, trespassers on a piece of land which in actual fact doesn't really belong to either family.

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The term interlopers refers to those who interfere in the affairs of others. This term takes different meaning as the story unfolds. In the beginning the two men refer to interlopers as anyone who might try to stand in the way of them killing each other. Later, after the two men are trapped under the tree, make peace, and end their families' feud, they refer to interlopers as anyone who might try to stop them from making peace. In the end of the story, it is ironic because it is the wolves who become the interlopers and because it is the wolves instead of men, the feud continues.

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