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Saki’s The Interlopers, Remarque’s All Quiet On The Western Front, And Steinbeck’s Of Mice And Men

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A Light at the End of the Tunnel
The three powerful stories including Saki’s “The Interlopers”, Erich Maria Remarque’s, All Quiet on the Western Front, and John Steinbeck’s, Of Mice and Men, portray the impact that friendship and companionship, or the absence of it, can have. Hector Hugh Munro, better known as Saki, was born in Burma while it was under the control of the British Empire. Near the beginning of World War I, Munro was enlisted into the 2nd King Edward’s Horse as a trooper at the age of 43. He soon rose to higher ranks and fought for many years. Unfortunately on November 1916, Munro was shot by a German sniper and died near France. His struggle has not only been through the physical tribulations of war, but also through the social stigma of being a homosexual during the times of World War I. Tragically, at this time, it was an unacceptable way of life and was looked down upon by society. Similarly to the adversity of war, Remarque also fought in World War I, but on the German side. He enlisted at the age of 18 and later was injured by a shrapnel wound to the leg, arm and neck. His struggles did not stop there as he was faced the immense heartbreak of losing his sister. Her death was a punishment to Remarque because of the portrayal of the Germans in his literature. Though Steinbeck did not go through the same experiences of war and loss as the other two authors have, he has experienced a fair share of struggle. Steinbeck won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1962 but was highly criticized as many people believed that he did not deserve the award, regardless of his many accomplishments such as “The Grapes of Wrath”. All of revered and respected men have shared a common theme throughout their lives, one being the impact of the constant battle through adversity and loneliness. The themes that are emotionally presented are best expressed through Denise Martin’s quote,”True friendship is like phosphorescence--it glows best when the world around you gets dark”. The adversity centered plot dynamics of three bodies of literature exemplify the price of loneliness, rewards of friendship, and the inner conflict struggles that lead to the characters defining moment.
In the suspenseful short story “ The Interlopers ”, the main characters Ulrich von Gradwitz and Georg Znaeym exemplify loneliness and friendship through the defining moments in their complicated relationship. Though the two men are neighbors, their culture of hatred towards each other, stemming from their grandparents, forces them to be alone and isolated. As the intense rivalry between the two egos drives a spiteful exchange and realization, the narrator broadly points out, “Both men spoke with the bitterness of possible defeat before them, for each knew that it might be long before his men would seek him out or find him; it was a bare matter of chance which party would arrive first on the scene”(1).With the deep rooted feelings that the Gradwitz and Znaeym families have towards one...

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