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Saki's The Interlopers vs. Callaghan's All the Years of Her Life

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Saki's "The Interlopers" vs. Callaghan's "All the Years of Her Life"

In the story The Interlopers, Saki writes about

two families that have been feuding for generations. He writes about how "interlopers"

stop them from rivaling, and eventually bring the two of them to be friends

only minutes before they are eaten by wolves. He does this by using dramatic

irony. Through the character's words he tells us what the two will do when

they get back to town now that they are friends. This leads you to believe

that the feud is over and everything is all right. The author then, however,

allows the characters to be eaten by wolves; contrary to the resolution that

could be concluded from the explanation and/or foreshadowing of the resolution.

Saki's purpose for writing this story was probably to get across the point

that you should not hold long grudges, especially without knowing the reason,

or it might be too late to apologize. His unorthodox style of writing however

does achieve his purpose. The characters in his story finally make-up, but

then they are eaten and do not have

the chance to tell their families of

the news. If you could continue the story, you would probably be able to assume

that then the families continued to feud.

The story All the Years of

Her Life by Morley Callaghan, on the other hand, contrasts greatly with The

Interlopers in this area. In the story All the Years of Her Life, Callaghan

writes about a young boy who works at a thrift store and is caught stealing

merchandise one day. By th...

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... to humble themselves

to better the problem.

I thought that the Interlopers was a well-written

story, the plot was good. The liked the purpose of the author and the way

in which he chose to achieve his purpose. The dramatic irony teaches me (the

reader) a moralistic lesson: not to hold a grudge, because you know not your

fate and might not ever get a chance to apologize. All the Years of Her Life,

on the other hand, I thought was a pretty dull story. It was well written,

but lacked originality with the plot. The author did much more than foreshadow

the ending, he pretty much just laid it out on the table for you; enough to

anticipate what would happen at the end at least. That is why it did not hold

my attention as the reader as well.
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