The Interlopers Literary Elements

The Interlopers Literary Elements


Dark Humour

Setting and Context

In a dark forest at night, in winter in the Carpathian Mountains in Earstern Europe

Narrator and Point of View

A third person omniscient objective

Tone and Mood

Ironic, gloomy

Protagonist and Antagonist

Protagonists are Ulrich and Georg, Antagonist is nature.

Major Conflict

A feud between two families over a forest and they try to kill each other and they get trapped together in a forest after a tree branch fell on them.


The climax of this story is right at the end when Ulrich says "Wolves".


The title itself is a foreshadow of the ending, that the wolves will be the interlopers.


When Ulrich made an idiotic laugh when he saw that the wolves were coming for them. "'No,'said Ulrich with a laugh, the idiotic chattering laugh of a man unstrung with hideous fear. "


Carpathian mountain range


"In the cold, gloomy forest, with the wind tearing in fitful gusts through the naked branches and whistling round the tree-trunks"


The men in the beginning were fighting over a piece of nature and in the end nature is the one who killed them



Metonymy and Synecdoche



“ The whistling and skirling of the wind and the restless beating of the branches.”

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