I am FUCKING PROUD of this essay, in which I compared the gruesome short story La gallina degollada, or The Decapitated Chicken, to the tortured life and. La gallina degollada has ratings and 63 reviews. Rizo said: Demasiado crudo para mi gusto personal (teniendo en cuenta el tema en cuestión), mas he d .

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Nature is blind but fair, and the attacks on the farmer or fisherman a swarm of angry bees, an alligator, a bloodsucking parasite, etc.

Quiroga’s first marriage also resulted in death, when “in a desperate move, [his wife] Ana Maria took a dose of slow-acting poison. Although the plot of the story is relatively simple, it has great ka when compared to Quiroga’s life. On her fourth birthday little Bertita falls ill, having eaten a surfeit of sweets; in contrast with her brothers she is spoiled and overindulged.

The retarded sons watch quidoga fascination until the mother comes and throws them out of the kitchen in a rather cruel manner. Husband and wife eventually become reconciled, though, and have another child, this time a daughter.

He wrote stories which, in their jungle settings, use the supernatural and the bizarre to show the struggle of man and animal to survive. Winter,pp. In The Decapitated Chicken, a married couple aspires to create a manifestation of their great love: Por otro parte, las obras del autor Horacio Quiroga no son exactamente iguales. At the age of 20 months, though, the child is overtaken by illness and is damaged to the point of imbecility.

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Her brothers seize her, carry her off into the kitchen, “parting her curls as if they were feathers. Horacio Quiroga is a genius. The narrator focuses on a particular moment in time, the day before the tragedy occurs.

Religious themes run through both stories. The couple decide to go out for the day with Bertita. The irony lies in the fact that the couple’s only healthy child dies at the hands of her brothers on the very day when they have cause for celebration: At the age of 20 months, though, the child is overtaken by illness and is damaged to horaio point of imbecility.


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They ignore their four retarded sons and direct all their attention and care to Bertita, their precious little girl. At this point, the desperation, hopelessness and hostility between the couple begins to rise. In the afternoon Bertita escapes from her parents and wanders into the yard. This is the boiling point: El contraste entre el tratamiento a los hijos y lo a la hija es algo muy importante en este cuento. According to Beardsell, “if ever there was an author whose fiction cannot be separated from his life, it is Quiroga The Miserablist rated it did not like it Jun 07, Both tales depict growing hopelessness and the breakdown of a once happy marriage.

The young parents love their subnormal offspring and care for them as best they can.

When the couple try again, Berta gives birth to twins with exactly the same result. The Poe of Latin America. No trivia or quizzes yet. Trivia About The Decapitated C The doctor attributes the illness and its effects to hereditary disease, which the reader may deduce to be syphilis. The first representative collection of his work in English, The Decapitated Chicken and Other Stories provides a valuable overview of the scope of Quiroga’s fiction and the versatility and skill that have made him a classic Latin American w Tales of horror, madness, and death, tales of fantasy and morality: Unfortunately, after a year and a half the baby that had “completed their happiness” falls ill and becomes retarded.

In the Conrad tale a couple have four idiot children twin boys, another boy, then a girlthe wife kills her husband because he tries to force her to have another child, then commits suicide by leaping from a cliff.


Horacio Quiroga is a genius.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Refresh and try again. Cuando su querida hija se pone enferma, pierden su confianza y empiezan otra vez a pelear. Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite this article. The parents have a violent argument in which the qhiroga are no longer veiled.

In Conrad the anticlerical Jean-Pierre seeks a solution to his problems in religion. The pair wishes nothing more than to “avoid that horrible sight In the first, a nine-year-old girl falls in love with an galliha man. When the couple try again, Berta gives birth to twins with exactly the same result.

Log in No account? After three years, however, they begin to long for another child to make up for the four “beasts” they have already produced. lq

The contrast between the treatment of the sons and that of the daughter is very important in this story. Introduction by George D.

Short Stories of Latin America. By now they have shifted from “great compassion for their four sons” to overt hostility, demonstrated by the increasingly strong language used to describe the boys—”monsters,” “four poor beasts”—and the fact that they are kept in the yard. The story is not hallina about madness and violent death; it chronicles the breakdown of a relationship through the loss of respect, affection, and hope. The couple feel guilty and bereft but place their hopes in a second child.

There is then a shift to the present time of the narrative, with a relentless progression towards the ghastly climax.