The Open Window vs. The Interlopers

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When authors write stories, they usually have some similarities and differences between the stories. Hector Hugh Munro or Saki has several similarities and differences between his stories. Some similarities include irony and the type of conflicts in his stories. Some differences include the involvement of nature and the different themes. These similarities and differences are seen in, "The Open Window" and "The Interlopers," both stories written by Saki. However, similarities are more likely to be found in Saki's works.

Although, stories have different topics, they do have similarities and differences, like these two stories. Irony is always found in Saki's stories. Irony is the opposite of what the reader predicts will happen. In these two stories, Saki ends with a surprise twist in the last sentence. The irony from "The Open Window," is that the girl uses her imagination to drive away a man. Framton Nuttel comes to see a woman (Mrs. Sappleton) to cure his nerves. However, as soon as Nuttel arrives he meets Mrs. Sappleton's niece, who tells him an imaginary story about how Mrs. Sappleton's husband and two younger brothers disappear. She tells him how her aunt leaves the window open for her husband and brothers. When Nuttel first sees three figures walking across the lawn towards the window, he quickly retreats. When everyone asks the girl why Nuttel runs away she simply says that he had a phobia of dogs.

In the same way, the irony in "The Interlopers," is that the two men get killed after solving a dispute that has been going on for years. In this story two men, Ulrich von Gradwitz and Georg Znaeym fight over a "narrow strip of precipitous land" that is not even populated much. When the two men meet each other, they only have hate and murder in their minds when suddenly a tree pins them down to the floor. Even though they are rivals, they share wine and become friends. However, when they start screaming for help, wolves come. This is the surprise twist...
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