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The Interlopers | Character Analysis



Ulrich's sole passion is defending his forest from his neighbor's poaching. The feud has consumed him to the point that he risks his life on a stormy night to kill his enemy. He hates simply because he has inherited hate. Once Ulrich is forced to contemplate his situation, he realizes how foolish the feud has been. He has wasted his life on this obsession and has a change of heart. Ulrich is the first to offer friendship to his enemy. He imagines how much better life could be now that there is peace, but he never gets the chance to live it.


In Ulrich's eyes, Georg is the interloper who should be punished. Georg believes just the reverse—that his family is the rightful owner of the land "stolen" by Ulrich. Georg is bitter and vindictive and wishes his enemy dead. He may be inclined to hunt in the disputed land because he has less than Ulrich, or because his property is all marshland and limited to hunting wildfowl. He is hesitant to accept Ulrich's overtures of hospitality, refusing to drink his wine. However, Georg does agree to reconciliation and admits he has been disarmed by Ulrich's act of compassion. But like Ulrich, Georg doesn't live to enjoy this new peace.

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