THE DECAPITATED CHICKEN (La gallina degollada) Source for information on The Decapitated Chicken (La Gallina Degollada) by Horacio Quiroga, Translated Works of Horacio Quiroga La gallina degollada / The Decapitated Chicken. Illustration. The Decapitated Chicken. All day long the. Un cuento de terror escrito por Horacio Quiroga. Fue publicado en en Argentina. | See more ideas about Hens, Sisters and Biography.

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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. 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. Even Mazzini treated them in such a way, just to a lesser degree. Yet behind their immense bitterness Mazzini and Berta maintained a great compassion for their four sons.

Maria, the servant, left for Buenos Aires and the happy couple and Bertita went for a walk around the neighborhood. Though clearly influenced by modernism, he gradually begins to turn the decadent Uruguayan language to describing the natural surroundings with meticulous precision.

He could get better. The servant dressed them, gave them food, laid them down, all with visible brutality.

In “The Decapitated Chicken” Mazzini and Berta try to “redeem once and for all the sanctity of their tenderness” and are desperate for the “redemption of the four animals born to them. The couple decide to go out for the day with Bertita.

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He was 28 and she was 22, yet all their passionate tenderness had not succeeded in creating a single atom of an ordinary existence. She never wanted them stepping foot in the kitchen. Light and sunshine normally represent positive qualities, virtues, but here the sun becomes a symbol of the boys’ bestiality, and the day of galliba tragedy is splendid and sunny.


All day long the four idiot sons of the Mazzini-Ferraz marriage sat on the bench beside the patio. And so a son was born, his health and gleaming smile resurrected their extinguished future. Violently, he shoved opened the half-closed door and let out a scream of horror.

At last she decided upon a chair missing a seat, but still she horafio not see over the wall. You are gxllina using your Twitter account. The oldest child was twelve and the youngest eight.

Rushing into the kitchen, Mazzini, blue as death, held her back saying. In Past Love history repeats itself: As the servant decapitated and bledthe chicken parsimoniously Berta had qjiroga from her mother this trick to conserve the freshness of the meatshe thought she felt something breathing behind her.

When they were bathed they mooed until their faces flushed with blood. The young parents love their subnormal offspring and care for them as best they can.

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Quirgoa was also inspired by British writer Rudyard Kipling The Jungle Bookwhich is shown in his own Jungle Talesa delightful exercise in fantasy divided into several stories featuring animals.

There is also a kind of reverse symbolism. Berta, who had run upon hearing the anguished cry of Mazzini responded with a scream of her own. With this prevailing attitude, there was no possible cure for the four idiot sons. Because, naturally, with an intensified rapture of love for her husband and daughter, the more irritated her humor became towards the monsters. Yet in their inevitable reconciliations their souls united with doubled fury and a yearning for a new child. On her fourth birthday little Bertita falls ill, having eaten a surfeit of sweets; in contrast with her brothers she is spoiled and overindulged.

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His Ten Rules for the Perfect Storytellerdedicated to young writers, provides certain contradictions with his own work. History of a Troubled Love and Past Love deal with the same theme that haunted the author in his personal life: One horror has receded, but now another threatens their happiness. Their desires would not be fulfilled.


At least this is how the Mazzini-Berta household felt, and when their first son arrived after fourteen months of marriage; they believed their happiness was complete. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Many of his stories belong to this movement, embodied in his work Tales of Love, Madness and Death.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. At ten the decided they would go into town after having lunch. In the first, a nine-year-old girl falls in love with an older man.

Horacio Silvestre Quiroga Forteza 31 December — 19 February was a Uruguayan playwright, poet, and short story writer. Both tales depict growing hopelessness and the breakdown of a once happy marriage. Deogllada in this burning longing, and its lack of fulfillment, the pair grew bitter. The bench was parallel to the wall, about five feet away, and there they sat motionless with their eyes fixed on the bricks.

Because Berta does not conceive right away they become bitter and resentful, no longer supporting one another but making veiled accusations about who is to blame gallinz the children’s illness. Quiroga makes use of foreshadowing and irony.

degoollada Clinical description “Their tongues protruded from between their lips; their eyes were dull; their mouths hung open as they turned their heads” alternates with more subjective matter marked by qualificative adjectives “pro-found despair”rhetorical questions, and exclamations intended to convey the parents’ fears and anguish.

Mazzini exploded as he talked.

The story contains the three elements of the title of the collection: She turned and saw the four idiots, their shoulders stuck one to the other as they looked stupefied upon the operation. This time the parents fell into complete despair.