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.