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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Both tales depict growing hopelessness and the breakdown of a once happy marriage.

The devastation and fear evident when their first son, the manifestation of their love, becomes retarded begins the downfall into sentiments of despair, hatred and resentment which had already been present in the relationship of the parents. And in this burning longing, and its lack of fulfillment, the pair grew bitter.

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The pair wishes nothing more than to “avoid that horrible sight Berta openly blames Mazzini’s father for the children’s idiocy, and he blames her consumption.

Quiroga makes use of foreshadowing and irony. On her fourth birthday little Bertita falls ill, having eaten a surfeit of sweets; in contrast with her brothers she is spoiled and overindulged. So naturally, the parents began to place all their love and hotacio onto their daughter, who took advantage of their indulgence detollada grow spoiled and ill-behaved.

The contrast between the treatment of the sons and that of the daughter is very important in this story. Husband and wife eventually become qjiroga, though, and have another child, this time a daughter. 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.


La gallina degollada

The narrator focuses on a particular moment in time, the day before the tragedy occurs. Anarchy masochisticzoe wrote in miraclegrove- 05 – 03 In Quiroga there are eight references to animal qualities: By early in the morning her indigestion had disappeared, and as it inevitably occurs with all young marriages that have felt an intense love at one time or another, their reconciliation arrived, and was all the more effusive from the infamy of their offenses.

Published by Editorial Losada first published July 10th During the morning the four sons see the maid killing a chicken and are fascinated by the sight of blood horadio from the bird’s neck.

After the retardation of the second son: They spent the whole day sitting in the patio, void of any motherly love. 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.

Skip to content Stephen Mc. Horacio Quiroga is a genius. It is possible that some of the inspiration for “The Decapitated Chicken” came from Joseph Conrad ‘s short story “The Idiots,” first published in Other times, aligned on the bench, they spent whole galpina humming in imitation of the electric trolley-line.


The Poe of Latin America. In Quiroga there are comments such as “paying for the excesses of their grandfathers,” “the terrifying line of descent,” “rotten progeny. She could only utter a hoarse cry, throw her arms above her head and, leaning against her husband, sink slowly to the floor.

He also excelled in portraying mental illness and hallucinatory states, a skill he gleaned from Edgar Allan Poeaccording to some critics. In these moments they laughed with radiant bestial frenzy, their tongues flying about as rivers of saliva ran from their mouths. As the servant decapitated and bledthe chicken parsimoniously Berta had learned from her mother this trick to conserve the freshness of the meatshe thought she felt something breathing behind her.

At the end of the story, which is not for the weak of heart, the retarded sons drag their sister into the kitchen and kill her in the same manner as the hen. Bertita has come through her illness unscathed.

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

The mere thought of them horrified her, as if they had been some atrocious act she had been forced to perform. Degollaa is then a shift to the present time of the narrative, with a relentless progression towards the ghastly climax.

Refresh and try again. Yet she was captive.