The Novel ' The Interlopers ' Essay

1872 Words Sep 20th, 2015 8 Pages
Humans are naturally selfish, even over meaningless possession. It is normal for us to mark our worth by our property. Many of our materialistic goods may be useless, but our status is determined by those very goods. We desire to have more than others, to be better than others. In The Interlopers, we see Saki weaving this concept with Ulrich and Georg. While Saki describes the men’s backstory, the root of their problems, he implants that ‘naturally selfish’ idea. The strip of woodland is “not remarkable for its game,” “where the trees can’t even stand upright in a breath of wind” (Saki 6, 10). Yet it was the “most jealously guarded of all its owner’s territorial possessions” (6). His vocabulary choice reflects the aforementioned theme. Rather than merely saying it was a “jealously guarded possession,” he chooses to define it as a “territorial” possession. ‘Territorial’ is seen as more of an animalistic trait, something that creatures like wolves and stray dogs would naturally do. By using that particular word, Saki ties in the idea that humans naturally safeguard their earthly belongings similar to how animals watch over their territory. While there are plenty of “[other] forest lands [that] were of wide extent and well stocked with game,”(6) Georg and Ulrich fight for this unremarkable piece of land simply because they desire to have more than their neighbor. Another reference to the idea of natural, almost animalistic, selfishness occurs when Ulrich thinks of Georg, his…

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