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THE DECAPITATED CHICKEN (La gallina degollada) by Horacio Quiroga, “The Decapitated Chicken” (“La gallina degollada”) was first published on 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. Buy La gallina degollada (Spanish Edition): Read Kindle Store Reviews –

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In the Conrad tale a couple have four idiot children twin boys, degollaxa 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. Even through all of this, peace had not yet reached their hearts.

Is that what you want to hear? He also excelled in portraying mental illness and hallucinatory states. In the end, the parents do not hear the shouts of their daughter until, in “a funereal silence,” they understand that they have lost “the manifestation of their love,” their daughter Bertita.

But one night, in the twentieth month he shook with terrible convulsions, the next morning he no longer recognized his parents. The story contains the three elements of the title of the collection: They came alive only to eat or when they saw brilliant colors or heard the clap of thunder.

Even though in the later years Berta continued to care for her sons, the birth of Bertita made her forget almost completely her four sons. 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. They use their creativity to construct with their words various castles, roses, princesses or whatever object of beauty their dreams command.


His Ten Rules for the Perfect Storytellerdedicated to young writers, provides certain contradictions with his own work. There is then a shift to the present time of the narrative, with a relentless progression towards the ghastly climax. Some of the bitterness he knew in his relationships as husband and father can be perceived in The Decapitated Chicken, but here again the basic emotion is objectified and now creatively translated into gloomy imaginings.

The mere thought of them horrified her, as if they had been some atrocious act she had been forced to perform. In Past Love history repeats itself: Kind of obscene and weird. Below her, eight eyes pierced into hers and filled her with fear. In his first book, Coral Reefsconsisting of 18 poems, 30 pages of poetic prose, and four stories, Quiroga shows his immaturity and adolescent confusion.

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

She could only utter a hoarse cry, throw her arms above her head and, leaning against her husband, sink slowly to the floor. Zoey rated it liked it Apr 06, The couple feel guilty and bereft but place their hopes in a second child.


The narrator focuses on a particular moment in time, the day before hoarcio tragedy occurs. Their four sons all sicken and are reduced to a state of idiocy because of congenital disease.

La gallina degollada

Religious themes run through both stories. Yet after eighteen months the convulsions that took the firstborn child began to repeat themselves, and the following morning their second child awoke an idiot.

The relevance of the title is not immediately apparent, but it does presage a violent death, as do the descriptions of the boys’ animal behavior, particularly when they see the chicken slaughtered. At 18 months this son also suffers convulsions and is left an idiot. Juan Darien a story of a tiger quoroga. To deegollada out degoollada, including how to control cookies, see here: To me, these got under my skin and lingered there.

This uneven collection of stories run from sublime jungle stories “Anaconda,” “Juan Darien” to uneven revenge tales “A Slap in the Face” and the sickening title story.

Author and creation united in qkiroga lines Tumba Abierta 1. What did you say? Quiroga escoge con cuidado sus palabras para maximizar la efectividad de su mensaje en este exploracion de un matrimonio deshecho.