The Earthquake in Chile (c. s). By Heinrich von Kleist (). Born in Prussia, Kleist served in the Prussian army, spent time in one of Napoleon’s. The Earthquake in Chile by Heinrich Von Kleist is a German short story that is best known for its question of theodicy and whether there is. Complete summary of Heinrich von Kleist’s The Earthquake in Chile. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Earthquake in Chile.

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Skip ahead approximately nine months. The need to return to society, to one of its central institutions that provides meaning, is simply too great.

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It is a religious holiday and in the middle of the pageantry of the holy festival, Josephe goes into labor on the steps of the cathedral.

She complies, and Don Fernando invites the reunited family to join his own. She is sent to a nunnery where she gives birth to a little boy, Philipp.

Both Jeronimo and Josephe are to be put to death. One is the sheer pace of events that sweeps it — and us — along. Heretics by Leonardo Padura The shape of a crime novel is determined by the search for something absent. This tension between fate and free will ripples throughout the majority of these tales.


Love comes with a cost. Despite the tragedy that befalls most of these protagonists, good things sporadically ensue for other people. The novella’s central characters are two lovers caught up in the chaos of the Santiago earthquake in Chile. At the conclusion, Don Fernando compares Juan and Philip and considers how he had acquired them, and remarks; “It almost seemed to him that he should be glad.

The Earthquake in Chile – German Literature

She gives birth to a son. The disaster unites everyone—briefly.

Don Fernando defends the children with his sword but eventually his son, Juan, is torn from his grasp and bashed against a pillar. The sermon compares the earthquake to God’s destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and speaks specifically of Josephe and Jeronimo’s sin.

The preacher insists that the earthquake happened at a sign from God and as a sign from God.

Don Fernando identifies himself and attempts to rescue Josephe. Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must be logged in to post a comment.

Haiti, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, and Chile. The opening description of Kohlhaas serves as both foreshadowing and paradox: At the very moment when the procession is taking her to the place of execution and Jeronimo, in prison, is about to hang himself in despair, the earthquake strikes. Eartthquake factors make it a much more exacting reading experience.


The settings of these stories span continents and hemispheres: Spam prevention powered by Akismet. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The city folk are excited by this story. Views Read Edit View history. As the procession marched towards the execution site, Jeronimo prepares to hang himself. Is he murderer or martyr, hero, or lunatic? After shooting her with klesit pistol, von Kleist ended his own life also with a bullet in the head.

Misfortune temporarily spawns acts of human kindness. Finding oneself, is finding meaning to life, and without meaning the purpose of living is often questionable. They are engaged in heroic struggles, possess tragic flaws, tend to be obsessive personalities, and are on the receiving end of lots of bad karma.