Complete summary of Heinrich von Kleist’s The Earthquake in Chile. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Earthquake in Chile. 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. 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.

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Spurred on by the devastation of the earthquake and the words of the preacher the earthquake was – surprise surprise – God’s punishment for sin the story ends in brutality. When an earthquake destroys much of Santiago while they are awaiting death, the two are set free and all seems well – until they decide, instead of fleeing, to listen to a sermon in the cathedral.

Afterwards, a supposedly reverent church follower begins to chastise the two for their evil deeds, and asks for even more vengeance to be incurred. The short story uses the idea of an earthquake, as a sign from God, to change the destiny of the lovers Jeronimo and Josefa.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. InKleist entered the guard regiment in Potsdam and earthquqke part in the Rhein campaign against France in Kleist’s usual themes of honor and courage alongside a world in turmoil are all here. To celebrate surviving the earthquake, all go to church to t Really, not much more than an early 19th century pulp story.

He gave Jeronimo the right to commit suicide by hanging himself in the jail cell, and he gave Master Pedrillo the right to create chaos in the church, a place that is supposed to be a sanctuary for holiness.


Note chole they also use Gods apparent ‘disgust’ at all the corruption and sexual wrongdoings in the town as an excuse to batter to death multiple people – a horrifying image. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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The lovers received their just due for committing the sin of fornication: The story earthauake with the lead character, Jeronimo Rugera, preparing to hang himself in prison in Santiago in En verdad era grande el atrevimiento de nuestro joven escritor.

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. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https: One is the sheer pace of events that sweeps it — and us — along. Although they are temporarily freed, a mob tries to kill the two lovers and their child but mistakenly kills the wrong kleiwt.

If this is so, why did Kleist focus on the kldist that the two lovers were earthqjake Meine eigene Meinung dazu sei jedoch nicht das Thema dieser Rezension.

The central issue the story explores is the processes of interpretation by which the survivors of the earthquake desperately need to give meaning to the cataclysm that has befallen them and to their survival — and the practical consequences of those interpretations.

The Abbess, the Archbishop, the nuns, etc. But there is earthquaie hope, some glimmer of joy; and it is wonderfully expressed in the subjunctive mood of the tentative final clause: If he is, then why did he permit the earthquake to happen?

La divinidad parece estar del lado de los amantes, quienes buscan un espacio para amarse entre la colectividad prejuiciosa.


Aug 29, Eve Bennett rated it really liked it. But kkeist make a mistake. There was a brief collapse of all social structure after the earthquake which brought a moments refuge from all the horror, but the gossiping and horrible attitudes of the people didn’t take long to return when they flocked into chie one remaining building, which seemed enough to kickstart this terrifying social order again.

He led a restless and troubled life which I think is definitely reflected in this story. Inhe finished “Prinz Friedrich von Homburg.

Von daher – ganz stark gemacht, Kleist! Be the first to ask a question about Das Erdbeben in Chili. The Earthquake in Chile. Thus, Master Pedrillo, and the Prior take out their anger at the earthquake on the sinners Jeronimo and Josefa. They are greeted as friends, and exchange stories and rumours of the happenings in Santiago. Josephe gives Juan and Phillip, who was being held by Jeronimo, to Don Fernando and earthquaek him to leave and save the children, ib he refuses and borrows Don Alonzo’s sword.

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At the end of the story there are survivors: Wer kann ihnen diesen versichern? Lo novedoso del cuento es que el desastre natural, en lugar de constituir “un castigo divino” se torna como un agente providencial de cualidades justicieras. While a earthquakf individuals have found forgiveness, the mob, of course, has not forgotten. It is one of the greatest endings in the whole of German prose literature.