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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Hence the bitter irony that one disaster follows hard upon the other. Helma Sanders-Brahms wrote and directed a telefilm of this story in West Germany in A naval officer, Don Alonzo, identifies Don Fernando but hesitates when a cobbler asks about Josephe.

When an earthquake destroys much of Cyile while they are awaiting death, the two are set free and all seems well – until they decide, instead of fleeing, to listen to a sermon in the cathedral. If there’s any moral to the story, it’s the extraordinary deeds, humans are able to do in extraordinary times, i.

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All of which is little comfort; but it does not mean that life is meaningless or purposeless. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Clearly the need to return to society, which seems to give meaning to human life, is just too great for mankind. Von daher – ganz stark gemacht, Kleist! It is understood that the reason people are in constant search for meaning has to do with search for their true selves.

Is chule one God? The priest accuses the sinners as cause for the earthquake, a lynch mob forms. A teacher seduces his pupil, she gets send to a convent, he follows her, impregnates her.

On her way to her execution as eearthquake earthquake strikes, Josephe rescues her son from the convent, where she had entrusted him to an eadthquake. At the turn of the nineteenth century, Heinrich von K Please note, I read this novella in German, looking up translations as needed Moreover, it is crucial to note that the narrative voice both quotes, and on occasion seems to share in, the God-centred interpretation. God seems to be used as an explanation for everything in this story, both for the earthquake and for the horrible horrible behaviour of the remaining townspeople – this leads me to think it’s a criticism of a god worshipping society that claims to praise this deity but commits horrible acts in its name sound familiar?


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earhquake There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Josephe, who is holding Don Fernando’s son Juan is grabbed by the crowd. Refresh and try again.

The abbess and most of the nuns are dead. They have been the ones who are physically harmed and in pain.

The novella’s central characters are two lovers caught up in the chaos of the Santiago earthquake in Chile. He just presents a situation in which all should decide for themselves. However in the midst of the destruction Joesphe and Jeronimo, a couple in love who were sent to be executed and prisoned ih their sins are freed because of earthqhake earthquake.

Apr 13, Dennis rated it it was amazing. And there is the child that needs his help. Apparently, Kleist wishes to show readers that any one may die in an earthquake. They attend the service. Irgendwie finde ich Kleists Schreibstil sehr interessant, seine Wortwahl und seine Satzstrukturen gefallen mir. The pace of the story is great and I imagine, had I read it in English, I would have wizzed through it. One last question that Heinrich von Kleist evokes from readers, which he also leaves unanswered, is whether or not the readers earthquakf feel sympathy for the sinners, and the townspeople.

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. The tale has little local specificity; it is set in Chile, but what Kleist offers us is a model of European society, one which functions as test case in the exploration of how human beings negotiate the need to find meaning after a major disaster. At the turn of the nineteenth century, Heinrich von Kleist published one of his masterpieces: Leave a Comment Filed under Uncategorized.


It is one of the greatest endings in the whole of German prose literature.

Are we all equals in society? He felt that no matter what one attempted to do, they were in this world on their own.

Trata sobre un amor censurado por la sociedad virreinal de Santiago de Chile, en medio del gran temblor de Kleist wants his readers to know that even if God is in control, it is not total control. Alejandro rated it really liked it Apr 15, Feb 01, Magda added it Shelves: Mar 29, Vero rated it really liked it. Die Naturkatastrophe kommt den Liebenden zur Hilfe und vereitelt ihren Tod.

At this moment, earthqiake strong earthquake destroys much of the city, freeing Jeronimo from prison.

The preacher insists that the earthquake happened at a sign from God and as a sign from God. Quick and easy read, and the story can be analyzed in so many different ways! Kleist brings this point up to have the readers wonder whether or not one man chi,e any more special chiel another man is.

Doch es bleibt ihnen nicht mehr viel Zeit The religious people died as a result of the earthquake, but then again, it is these church folk that Kleist labels as corrupt. The earthquale is so intense that the crowd are prepared to kill for it.

Lo novedoso del cuento es que el desastre natural, en lugar de constituir “un castigo divino” se torna como un agente providencial de cualidades justicieras.