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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The lovers received their just due for committing the sin of fornication: Is their any justice in this situation? Time and again the narrator obliges us to register the fact that societies, cultures, institutions, individual people tend to project their values and assumptions on to the divinity. However in the midst of the destruction Joesphe and Jeronimo, a couple in love who were sent to be executed and prisoned for their sins are freed because of this earthquake. Jeronimo and Josephe continued their relationship and were soon discovered by Josephe’s brother.

Two factors make it a much more exacting reading experience. The twist in events makes people question whether there is an underlying reason for this natural event of the earthquake as well as what it has done to the people living in the city. If you don’t know Kleist, this is as good a place to begin, and I do believe there is an English translation. Nov 12, Bobbi Steele rated it really liked it. Vote in the poll and ratings.

About Me For those new to me or my reviews Relatos como “El terremoto de chile” evidencian cuan absurdas eran las antiguas convenciones. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Earthquake in Chile. Return to Book Page.


Yet it is important to recognize that any such reading of the story runs the earthqquake of turning it into a cautionary tale. Clearly the need to return to society, which seems to give meaning to human life, is just too great for mankind.

The God-centred interpretation reaches its climax in the scene in the cathedral. Sep 09, Joerg rated it liked it. The pace of the story is great and I imagine, had I read it in English, I would have wizzed through it. Seeing this, Josephe gives herself up to the crowd and is clubbed by the cobbler, Master Pedrillo.

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Views Read Edit View history. Kleist’s usual themes of honor and courage alongside a world in turmoil are all here. He felt that no matter what one attempted to do, they were in this world on their own. The religious people died as a result of the earthquake, but then again, it is these church folk that Kleist labels as corrupt. She complies, and Don Fernando invites the reunited family to join his own. Earthqjake are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Kleist sets his readers up to wonder whether the earthquake was a natural, geographic event, or whether it was an act of God against all sinners.

Rugera had been a tutor at the house of Don Asteron, but Don Asteron dismissed him upon Asteron’s discovery of an illicit relationship between his daughter and Jeronimo.

But it does not feel like that. Thus, Master Pedrillo, and the Prior take out their anger at the earthquake on the sinners Jeronimo and Josefa. Kleist wants his readers to know that even if God is in control, it is not total control.


Kleist wird earthquke nie so richtig mein Liebling, aber interessantes Leben. Helma Sanders-Brahms wrote and directed a telefilm of this story in West Germany in Note that 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.

Das Erdbeben in Chili

Die Naturkatastrophe kommt den Liebenden zur Hilfe und vereitelt ihren Tod. 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.

Das Erdbeben in Chili is a novella written by Heinrich von Kleist — and published in I’ve read this novella before a couple of years ago and now re-read it for an event.

Lists with This Book. Spurred on by the devastation of the earthquake and the words of the preach A dramatic tale, set in Chile, about two young lovers who are ostracized and sentenced to death after having an illegitimate child together. Apr 07, Marie rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

Cartel and attended the French Gymnasium. If there’s any moral to the story, it’s the extraordinary deeds, humans are able to do in extraordinary times, i.