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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They did not speak for three hours and the motive was, as usual, the loud, strong steps of Mazzini. Deglolada four idiots looked at her indifferently.

Husband and wife eventually become reconciled, though, and have another child, this time a daughter. The little girl recovers from her indigestion, but on the next day Berta coughs up blood.

Bertita turned four years old and that night, as a result of the sweets that her parents were incapable of denying her, their young child came down with a chill and a fever. He also excelled in portraying mental illness and hallucinatory states, a skill he gleaned from Edgar Allan Poeaccording to some critics.

In The Decapitated Chicken, a married couple aspires to create a manifestation of their great love: As the sun set and began to hide itself behind the wall, the idiots rejoiced. The heroes of such stories always save the day, and all is of happiness and eternal love at the end.

In his first book, Coral Reefsconsisting of 18 poems, 30 pages of poetic prose, and four stories, Quiroga shows his immaturity and adolescent confusion. Sofia Lopez rated it did not like it Mar 30, At 18 months this son also suffers convulsions and is left an idiot. Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.


One of the boys squeezed her neck, parting her curls back as if they were feathers and the other three dragged her along by one leg towards the kitchen where this morning the chicken had bled out, the life draining from her second by second.

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He sets the scene briefly but with precise detail degolada 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.

The couple decide to go out for the day with Bertita.

After a few days the paralyzed limbs of the child recovered their movement; but the intelligence, the soul, even instinct itself had left him entirely. For Quiroga, “reality is much more brutal than fantasy Fiction. When their precious daughter becomes sick, they lose their confidence and once again begin to fight.

The contrast between the treatment of the sons and that of the daughter is very important in this story. Yet this second disaster sprouted new flames of a dying love, an insane longing to redeem, once gallima for all, the sanctity of their love.

The Decapitated Chicken (La Gallina Degollada) by Horacio Quiroga, |

She paused and thoughtfully watched the crest of the sun dip behind the wall. Email required Address never made public. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here The doctor attributes the illness and its effects to hereditary disease, which the reader may deduce to be syphilis.

I would have had children like the rest of the world. Bertita has come through her illness unscathed. hroacio

They almost never bathed. Up until this moment each one had taken responsibility for their own part of the misery of their sons; but the hopelessness of redemption for the four idiot sons born to them finally created an imperious necessity to blame the other, which is the specific patrimony of inferior hearts.


They went on like this with each confrontation more violent than the last until a moan from Bertita sealed their lips. He describes the “certain imitative quality” of the sons’ behavior, which later will be manifested in violence.

Suddenly something broke between their gaze and the blank wall. 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: Horacio Silvestre Quiroga Forteza was an Uruguayan playwright, poet, and above all short story writer.

Fearful that their dear daughter, the object of such affection, is at death’s door, they fight all night over who is to blame. Yet behind their immense bitterness Mazzini and Berta maintained a great compassion for their four sons. This site uses degollaca.

Horacio Quiroga is a genius.: miraclegrove

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. Yet she was captive.

The retarded sons watch with fascination until the mother comes and throws them out of the kitchen in a rather cruel manner.

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