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. Un cuento de terror escrito por Horacio Quiroga. Fue publicado en en Argentina. | See more ideas about Hens, Sisters and Biography. La gallina degollada has ratings and 63 reviews. Rizo said: Demasiado crudo para mi gusto personal (teniendo en cuenta el tema en.

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Berta openly blames Mazzini’s father for the children’s idiocy, and he blames her consumption.

Yet in their inevitable reconciliations their souls united with doubled fury and a yearning for a new child. Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite this article.

Other times, aligned on the bench, they spent whole hours humming in imitation of the electric trolley-line. Have her examined thoroughly. The servant dressed them, gave them food, laid them down, all with visible brutality.

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Unfortunately, after a detollada and a half the baby that had “completed their happiness” falls ill and becomes retarded. They did not take their eyes off their sister as a growing sensation of bestial gluttony came into every line of their faces.

The four idiots looked at her indifferently. A couple, deeply in love, marry and have children. Their four sons all sicken and are reduced to a state of idiocy because of congenital disease. Like Conrad’s idiots Quiroga’s “monsters” are never given names or any individualizing characteristic: The mere thought of them horrified her, as if they had been some atrocious act she had been forced to perform.


The parents respond to this tragedy with “new flames of aching love” in hopes of another son, but once again the same tragedy occurs. It had been their blood, their love that was cursed! She never wanted them stepping foot in the kitchen. 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. He sets the scene briefly but with debollada 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 quirogq to prepare the reader for the eventual outcome of the tale.

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. Throw them out, I tell you. After the retardation of the second son: The story is not just about madness and violent death; it chronicles the breakdown of a relationship through the loss of respect, affection, and hope. At this point, the desperation, hopelessness and hostility between the couple begins to rise. 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.


La gallina degollada – Wikipedia, la enciclopedia libre

Gallinx the end of the story, which is not for the weak of heart, the retarded sons drag their sister into the kitchen and kill her in the same manner as the hen. Naturally, the marriage put all of their love into the hope for another child. Rushing into the kitchen, Mazzini, blue as death, held her back saying. He describes the “certain imitative quality” of the sons’ behavior, which later will be manifested in violence.

La gallina degollada / The Decapitated Chicken – Translated Works of Horacio Quiroga

Those are your sons, all four of them. The loud noises dried their inertia and they would run around the patio biting their tongues and mooing. Walking past the kitchen he saw a sea of blood covering the floor. 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.

Refresh and try again. Likewise, he had to console, to relentlessly hold Berta, wounded by the most profound failure of a young marriage.

La gallina degollada by Horacio Quiroga. Skip to content Stephen Mc.