Thursday, October 2, 2014
Ulrich von Gradwitz
In Saki’s story, “The Interlopers”, Ulrich von Gradwitz proves to be a man of polar opposite traits. Ulrich von Gradwitz is a man who uses violence to solve his problems. First, he does not hesitate to kill intruders who try to get their hands on the strip of land. For instance, on a dark and cold winter night, “Ulrich von Gradwitz patrolled the dark forest in quest of a human enemy” (Saki 1). When Ulrich patrols the dark forest at night, he is watching, waiting, and listening patiently for any sign of enemies on the land. If there are signs of intruders, without hesitation, he would hunt for them like a predator looking for its meal. Second, Ulrich is not afraid to spill blood. In fact, not only is he not afraid to kill his enemy, he has great “[thirst] for [his enemy’s] blood” (Saki 1). Deep inside of Ulrich, he has his past generation’s hatred for their enemy held in his heat and their craving to murder the forestthieves. Although it use to be his family’s problem, now it is his own problem and the way he was originally going solve it was using violence and rifles. However, inside of him, he is not all that violent.
Ulrich von Gradwitz is not always a violent person; he is also very considerate of other people. First, if he is in a tough situation along with someone else, he will take in the thought that the other person is suffering just as much as he is. Such as, when he and Georg was stuck under a fallen beech tree, Ulrich saw that Georg was in pain, just like he was, and asked “Could you reach this flask if I threw it over to you?” (Saki 3). He tried to offer his
wine for he knew that drinking it would take away some of the pain (mentally) and give out a heavenly feeling. Since they were both caught in the same situation, he was very thoughtful ...
Cited: Saki. “The Interlopers.” Print.
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