The Interlopers Short Story

Today I came across a fascinating story filled suspense, darkness, mystery, and an ironic ending. It was given the title “The Interlopers” and the first time I read it, it took a few minutes to pass through my brain. I found that it was different from any short story I have read so far thus I managed to enjoy it a lot. Here are my thoughts and ideas about this short story, written by Saki. Like the title, The Interlopers, the short story itself includes of several different interlopers. Things or people that become involved in situations where they are not wanted or where they do not belong are included in this short story. The first example of Interlopers are the two men, Ulrich von Gradwitz and Georg Znaeym. I found that in this story …show more content…
Throughout this short story, irony is demonstrated through different situations and incidents. The first example of irony is when the two men get trapped underneath the beech tree for the first time. It is when Georg says, "Caught fast. Ho, what a jest, Ulrich von Gradwitz snared in his stolen forest. There 's real justice for you!" This is a great example of verbal irony because we know that Ulrich von Gradwitz has not stolen the land ad that it has been rightfully taken from illegal possession however Georg still makes this point. The statement is said differently from what the truth actually is. Secondly, situational irony is being demonstrated when Ulrich and Georg believe men are coming to save them, but instead they get “saved” by wolves. The characters and readers believe that the story will end in a different way than the author intends it to be. The readers and the characters believe that there are figures coming down the hill, though we discover along with the characters that they are wolves. Also, situational irony can be located when Georg accepts Ulrich’ friendship agreement, he says “if we choose to make peace among our people there is none other to interfere, no interlopers from outside ...” Georg states this because he believes that peace will bring an end to all misery and unwanted situations. However, we discover that before the end of the feud can be known to the people, the wolves arrive as interlopers. The situation doesn’t occur the way the characters want. The characters expect a new beginning to their friendship, but before this can occur the characters find themselves facing the unexpected appearance of wolves. Lastly, I came across another example of irony that demonstrated situational irony. When the characters reunite, after a flask of wine. The readers and characters, both believe that the solution has arrived for the crisis that has been going on for now 3

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