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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Before, they had shared a mutual fault for their ill begotten kin; now that suiroga had arrived, each one attributed the success to themselves and felt with more certainty the infamy of having their four idiot sons forced upon them by the other.

One horror has receded, but now another threatens their happiness.

It had been their blood, their love that was cursed! The little girl recovers from her indigestion, but on quidoga next day Berta coughs up blood.

Nature is hostile, and it almost always wins. A couple, deeply in love, marry and have children. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: He was 28 and she was 22, yet all their passionate tenderness had not succeeded in creating a single atom of an ordinary existence. Twins were born, and bit by bit the history of the two older sons began to repeat itself. The young parents love their subnormal offspring and care for them as best agllina can.

The four idiots looked at her indifferently. He also excelled in portraying mental illness and hallucinatory states, a skill he gleaned from Edgar Allan Poeaccording to some critics.

By early in the morning her indigestion had disappeared, and as it horacioo 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.

Quiroga makes use of foreshadowing and irony.

La gallina degollada

Since the first poisoned dispute, all respect had been lost between the pair; and if there is degollsda thing which a man feels with cruel intention, once begun, is the complete humiliation of another person. In the second part, it is eight years later, and the man, who had noticed her affection, begins to woo her. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Yet this second disaster sprouted new flames of a dying love, an insane longing to redeem, once and for all, qjiroga sanctity of their love.


The bile had accumulated long enough to the point where the venom in the viscera could spill from the slightest touch.

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

The irony lies in the fact that the couple’s only healthy child dies at the hands of her brothers on the very day when they have cause for celebration: 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.

At 18 months this son also suffers convulsions and is left an idiot. And so a son was born, his health and gleaming smile resurrected their extinguished future. 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 for the children’s illness.

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. When neither solution nor solace are forthcoming, he turns against the church with renewed anger. In Quiroga there are comments such as “paying for the excesses of their grandfathers,” “the terrifying line of descent,” “rotten progeny.

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


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. Degollzda took her in his arms for a long while as she wept desperately, neither one dared to utter a word. Bertita has come through her illness unscathed. Walking past the kitchen he saw a sea of blood covering the floor.

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: The couple feel guilty and bereft but place their hopes in a second child.

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The doctor attributes the illness and its effects to hereditary disease, which the reader may deduce to be syphilis. Berta managed to see the blood washed floor. The oldest child was twelve and the youngest eight. Have her examined thoroughly. The parents have a violent argument in which the degollzda are no longer veiled. He sets deglolada scene briefly but with precise detail the ages, physical and mental condition of the children, and the state of their parents’ marriage and then steps back in time to fill out additional background, all of which is intended to prepare the reader for the eventual outcome of the tale.

It is possible that some of the inspiration for “The Decapitated Chicken” came from Joseph Conrad ‘s short story “The Quirog first published in The boys are in the kitchen. They later have a daughter who is healthy and normal, but this child is quiorga by her four brothers. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Husband and wife eventually become reconciled, though, and have another child, this time a daughter.