We use cookies to give you the best experience possible. By continuing we’ll assume you’re on board with our cookie policy

“The Interlopers” Analysis

The whole doc is available only for registered users

A limited time offer! Get a custom sample essay written according to your requirements urgent 3h delivery guaranteed

Order Now

Human nature and the effects of the natural world and social environment on it can be seen greatly in the short-story “The Interlopers” written by H. H. Munro. In “The Interlopers” Munro has placed two feuding men into an environment of hostility that eventually gets the best of the two. The excerpt analyzed will be the following: The two enemies stood glaring at one another for a long silent moment. Each had a rifle in his hand, each had hate in his heart and murder uppermost in his mind. The chance had come to give full play to the passions of a lifetime. But a man who has been brought up under the code of restraining civilization cannot easily nerve himself to shoot down his neighbor in cold blood and without word spoken, except for an offense against his hearth and honor.

(Munro, 270-271) In this passage, the two foes can easily be seen in a situation that is very threatening. The urge that the two men have to do what they have always wanted with his opponent is an element of the id. This murderous instinct is soon shown up by the civility that the two savages have. The two men cannot do this terrible act against each other with the upraising that the two have had. But their moral dilemma is soon brought to an end when “Nature’s own violence overwhelmed them both”. This violence ending the direct threat of violence the two were in, and it changed the goal of the meeting from success to survival.

The two men now had to make it through the “falling [of the] beach tree” (Munro, 271). At first, though, survival was not the main thought on the mind of the two, for each believed his party was closer. But, they would soon find out the party that came to their rescue would be on neither of the two’s side. The bitterness “both men spoke with” concerning their possible defeats was soon changed into talk of those bonded. The two men, in their time of physical and mental unrest, find themselves soon coming into a friendly conversation that settles the disputes they have so bitterly met about. The nature of the two had been turned, and now both were together in their fight against nature and time, but nature would get the best of both.

The understanding of the two men was that each of their parties should be arriving shortly due to there position so far behind them, but this was of no matter, when one heard and saw a group coming to the rescue. But, this was a numerous group. This was a very fast-moving group. This surprised them, until the surprise was up. “Wolves” were on the way.

Related Topics

We can write a custom essay

According to Your Specific Requirements

Order an essay
Materials Daily
100,000+ Subjects
2000+ Topics
Free Plagiarism
All Materials
are Cataloged Well

Sorry, but copying text is forbidden on this website. If you need this or any other sample, we can send it to you via email.

By clicking "SEND", you agree to our terms of service and privacy policy. We'll occasionally send you account related and promo emails.
Sorry, but only registered users have full access

How about getting this access

Your Answer Is Very Helpful For Us
Thank You A Lot!


Emma Taylor


Hi there!
Would you like to get such a paper?
How about getting a customized one?

Can't find What you were Looking for?

Get access to our huge, continuously updated knowledge base

The next update will be in:
14 : 59 : 59