Theme Depicted Throughout Storyboard: Men intervene the course of nature. I wanted to depict more so the idea of Man vs. Nature instead of Man vs. Man. No man owns nature especially the way that the Von Gradwitz family thought. First, the story starts with the background of the legal contract the Von Gradwitz family has in the forest and Ulrich looks over it.
"When my men come to release us you will wish, perhaps, that you were in a better plight than caught poaching on a neighbour’s land, shame on you." (Pg. 3, Saki)
Ulrich then decides to go into the forest himself to seek out Georg Znaeym. In the story, it tells, "they had thirsted for one another’s blood, as men each prayed that misfortune might fall on the other, and this wind-scourged winter night Ulrich had banded together his foresters to watch the dark forest.."
"Neighbour, if you will help me to bury the old quarrel I – I will ask you to be my friend." (Pg. 4, Saki)
Justine Verastigue, Pd. 5
Ulrich confronts Georg as they spot each other. Before they were able to draw their weapons however, a branch prevents them from doing any harm. The beech tree is what prevents disaster to happen between these two men, making it more so Man vs. Nature.
Both men get stuck under the thick beech branch. Furthermore, I believe that Saki set up the cooperation that Ulrich and Georg had to have against the forest as Ulrich was able to see but it was hard for him to move, yet Goerg was more mobile, but he had blood covering his eyes.
Ulrich reconciles with himself about this feud that he has with Georg, and realizes that its only hurting him and those around him. He confronts Georg, and they come to an agreement to end the feud.
Nature, however, in the end proves that no man is strong enough against the forces of it. That man is no stronger than the environment they put themselves in.