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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They went on like this with each confrontation more violent than the last until a moan from Bertita sealed their lips.

After the retardation of the second son: Auiroga the other hand, he shows a glimpse of the modernist style and naturalistic elements that would come to characterize his later work. Those are your sons, all four of them.

La gallina degollada

degollwda The servant dressed them, gave them food, laid them down, all with visible brutality. I believe his is a lost cause. In Quiroga shot and killed his best friend, Frederick Ferrando, by accident Danielson This is the boiling point: The third part is the present tense of the novel, in which it has been ten years since the young girl left the man.

The couple feel guilty and bereft but place their hopes in a second child.

One horror has receded, but now another threatens their happiness. Post a new comment 2 comments. Post a new comment. In fact, I ended up writing my final paper for the class about the author.


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The story is not just about madness and violent death; it chronicles gallinx breakdown of a relationship through the loss of respect, affection, and hope.

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.

See 1 question about La gallina degollada…. Cindy Lou rated it liked it May 28, Great short stories but as you can tell from the title, it’s pretty dark.

The child stayed profoundly a bubbling idiot, limp, dead to the world on the knees of his mother. 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.

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

Yet behind their immense degol,ada Mazzini and Berta maintained a great compassion for their four sons. In respect to the mother, there is a lung that cannot breathe well. There is also a kind of reverse symbolism. The Exiles and Other Stories. They lived in anguish for two years with a cautious eye of distress over the child, always expecting another disaster.

The young parents love their subnormal offspring and care for them as best they can. He also describes the fears of the parents: The father, destroyed, accompanied the doctor outside. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: In Quiroga there are comments such as “paying for the excesses of their grandfathers,” “the terrifying line of descent,” “rotten progeny.


Berta openly blames Mazzini’s father for the children’s idiocy, and he blames her consumption. Kind of obscene and weird. The boys are in the kitchen. 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.

The little girl had managed to secure her foot onto the wall and was about to straddle the wall, and surely fall to the other side, but felt herself seized by a leg.

By now they have shifted from “great compassion for their four sons” to overt hostility, demonstrated by the increasingly strong language used to describe the boys—”monsters,” “four poor beasts”—and the fact that they are kept in the yard.

Ben Echarry rated it liked it Mar 17, degoloada Nor does the fact that Berta coughs up blood portend a happy ending. Even Mazzini treated them in such a way, just to a lesser degree.

Juan Darien a story of a tiger boy. Literatura — Horror latino. Nature is hostile, and it almost always wins.

In the afternoon Bertita escapes from her parents and wanders into the yard.