Discussing Saki and his Writing Styles as seen in the Short Stories Filboid Studge, the Story of a Mouse That Helped and The Interlopers

Discussing Saki and his Writing Styles as seen in the Short Stories Filboid Studge, the Story of a Mouse That Helped and The Interlopers

Saki, the author of the short stories Filboid Studge, the Story of a Mouse That Helped and The Interlopers, uses many different ways to portray the same ideas. Saki’s short stories have many similarities in their theme and writing styles. For example, Saki is known for torturing his characters, ending the story with an ironic twist that not many readers expect. He also uses different literary terms to show his different ideas about life. In these two short stories, Saki uses irony, imagery, and different settings and moods for each one. Though they are different, Saki’s intent and purpose is similar.

In The Interlopers, Saki uses imagery to illustrate the mood and setting of the place. This short story is about two enemies who are hunting and their near-death experience brings them together for a short while before a pack of wolves come and get them. “But the game for whose presence he kept so keen an outlook was none that figured in the sportsman’s calendar as lawful and proper for the chase: Ulrich von Gradwitz patrolled the dark forest in quest for a human enemy”(Saki 269). Saki tells us in the first paragraph that Ulrich was not interested in hunting animals but was looking forward to hunting a human instead. Saki uses foreshadowing in this to give a hint of what might happen. “‘Who are they?’ asked Georg quickly, straining his eyes to see what the other would gladly not have seen. ‘Wolves’” (Saki 274). Saki ends The Interlopers with an ironic twist at the end of the story. Saki’s writing style in The Interlopers is more ironic and dramatic, filled with different problems and conflicts which are resolved at the end by wolves which kill them both.

Saki’s second short story, Filboid Studge, the Story of a Mouse That Helped is about a man who wishes to marry Dullamy’s daughter, but after Mark helps him out by making his product a success, Dullamy marries his daughter to a more successful man. There is much imagery used in this short story. On the second page of the short story, Saki describes the poster and shows a life in hell where the Filboid Studge is just out of their reach with bold letters across the top that say “They cannot buy it now”(Saki 2). A few weeks later, Filboid Studge was a huge success earned plenty of money for Dullamy. Even though Filboid Studge was described as unpalatable by womenfolk (Saki 3), people still bought it. Saki also uses diction in this short story to portray his theme more precisely. After Dullamy becomes a great success, he finds someone else to marry his daughter named Clovis who stated “‘After all,’ said Cloves, meeting him shortly afterwards at his club, ‘you have this doubtful consolation, that ‘tis not in mortals to countermand success’” (Saki 4). Saki ends this short story with that one line that identifies the main theme of this short story which is that mortals are always greedy and don’t care about anything else once they get what they want.

These two short stories written by Saki are quite different but also similar in some ways including the way Saki uses stories to describe his views on mortal’s behaviors and how humans are sometimes very irrational and greedy. Saki’s writing styles are also similar when he uses irony as the resolution of the book. Also, both of the short stories end with a tragic ending where the main characters get rejected or get killed. Saki always enjoys using different tones and diction to describe what is happening and also enjoys torturing some of his characters, whether it is the main character or not. The similarities between The Interlopers and Filboid Studge, The Story of a Mouse That Helped is mainly the use of diction, imagery, and irony. If compared to other works of Saki, the themes and his writing style are much alike. Saki’s writing may be influenced by World War I and things he experienced during war.

In conclusion, Saki’s main writing style uses irony, imagery, and diction, where Saki finds flaws in the human behavior and characteristics like greediness, selfishness, and the way humans take things for granted and never takes care of what they have. For instance when soldiers are fighting in war, that’s when one actually appreciates one’s life before everything happened. “We always want what we can’t have” can be used to describe humans and their need for everything. His short stories describe his evaluation of the human mind and behavior. After reading his short stories, it will leave the reader’s thinking of how one acts.