THE DECAPITATED CHICKEN (La gallina degollada) Source for information on The Decapitated Chicken (La Gallina Degollada) by Horacio Quiroga, Translated Works of Horacio Quiroga La gallina degollada / The Decapitated Chicken. Illustration. The Decapitated Chicken. All day long the. Un cuento de terror escrito por Horacio Quiroga. Fue publicado en en Argentina. | See more ideas about Hens, Sisters and Biography.

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The couple feel guilty and bereft but place their hopes in a second child. They came alive only to eat or when they saw brilliant colors or heard the clap of thunder. He sets the scene briefly but with precise detail the ages, physical and mental condition of the children, and the state of their parents’ marriage and then steps back in time to fill out additional background, all of which is intended to prepare the reader for the eventual outcome of the tale.

During the morning the four sons see the maid killing a chicken and are fascinated by the sight of blood draining from the bird’s neck.

He also excelled in portraying mental illness and hallucinatory states, a skill he gleaned from Edgar Allan Poeaccording to some critics. Nature is blind but fair, and the attacks on the farmer or fisherman a swarm of angry bees, an alligator, a bloodsucking parasite, etc.

After degoollada months of marriage, Mazzini and Berta were beginning to familiarize themselves with the love of a man and woman and husband and wife toward a more vital future: The story contains the three elements of the title of the collection: Because Berta does not conceive right away they become bitter and resentful, no longer supporting one another but making veiled accusations about who is to blame for the children’s illness.

As the sun began to set the family returned home; but Berta stayed outside a moment to say hello to the neighbors who lived across the street. The story is not just about gsllina and violent death; it chronicles the breakdown of a relationship through degollzda loss of respect, affection, and hope.

The doctor examined him with professional care that was visibly looking for the cause of such a horrible disease hidden in the lives of the parents. Maria, the servant, left for Buenos Aires and the happy couple and Bertita went for a walk around the neighborhood. What did you say? Is that what you want to hear? With his heart destroyed with remorse, Mazzini doubled his love for his son, the little idiot child was now paying for the excesses of his grandfather. In Quiroga there are eight references to animal qualities: The doctor attributes the illness and its effects to hereditary disease, which the reader may deduce to be syphilis.


They know not to make mistakes because the forest is unforgiving, and gwllina often means death. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

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Especially in his stories, Quiroga describes the tragedy that haunts the miserable rural workers in the region, the dangers and sufferings to which they are exposed, and how this existential pain is perpetuated to succeeding generations. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: The couple decide to go out for the day with Bertita.

At the same time the child’s mother is showing the first signs of consumption. In his first book, Coral Reefsconsisting of 18 horwcio, 30 pages of poetic prose, and four stories, Quiroga shows his immaturity and adolescent confusion. This makes sense since Degolpada was the first person to be concerned about the technical aspects of the short story, tirelessly honing his style for which he always returns to the same subjects to reach near-perfection in his last works.

The silence was a funeral for his already tormented soul, so much so that his spine froze with a feeling of horror. Email required Quidoga never made public. At least this is how the Mazzini-Berta household felt, and when their first son arrived after fourteen months of gllina they believed their happiness was complete.

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Many edgollada his stories belong to this movement, embodied in his work Tales of Love, Madness and Death. He wrote stories which, in their jungle settings, use the supernatural and the bizarre to show the struggle of man and animal to survive. Husband and wife eventually become reconciled, though, and have another child, this time a daughter.


Even Mazzini treated them in such a way, just to a lesser degree. Quiroga was also inspired by British writer Rudyard Kipling The Jungle Bookwhich is shown in his own Jungle Talesa delightful exercise in fantasy divided into several stories featuring animals. Naturally, the marriage put all of their love into the hope for another child.

Nor does the fact that Berta coughs up qhiroga portend a happy ending. The bile had accumulated long enough to the point where the venom in the viscera could spill from the slightest touch. At 18 months this son also suffers convulsions and is left an idiot. When the couple try again, Berta gives birth to twins with exactly the same result. You are commenting using your WordPress.

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The little girl recovers from her indigestion, but on the next day Berta coughs up blood. A moment later they said goodbye to their neighbors and as Berta went to hang up her hat, Mazzini headed back to the patio.

Both tales depict growing hopelessness and the breakdown of a once happy marriage. When neither solution nor solace are forthcoming, he turns against the church with renewed anger.

Yet behind their immense bitterness Mazzini and Berta maintained a great compassion for their four sons. Though clearly influenced by modernism, he gradually begins to turn the decadent Uruguayan language to describing the natural surroundings with meticulous precision.

Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite this article. They watched her search everywhere for a place to rest her toes and climb higher. The little girl had managed to secure her foot onto the wall and was about to straddle the wall, and surely fall to the other side, but felt herself seized by a leg.

Have her examined thoroughly. As the servant decapitated and bledthe chicken parsimoniously Berta had learned from her mother this trick to conserve the freshness of the meatshe thought she felt something breathing behind her.