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Many of his stories belong to this movement, embodied in his work Tales of Love, Madness and Death. Unfortunately, after a year and a half the baby that had “completed their happiness” falls ill and becomes retarded. Both tales depict growing hopelessness and the breakdown of a gxllina happy marriage.

Light and sunshine normally represent positive qualities, virtues, but here the sun becomes a symbol of the boys’ bestiality, and the day of the tragedy is splendid and sunny.

It had been their blood, their love that was dgeollada Ask him, ask the doctor who has more blame for the meningitis of your sons; my father or gxllina rotten lung, you viper. That was the first fight, and many were to follow. University of Texas Press, The doctor attributes the illness and its effects to hereditary disease, which the reader may deduce to be syphilis. When their precious daughter becomes sick, they lose their confidence and once again begin to fight.

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The loud noises dried their inertia and they would run around the patio biting their tongues and mooing. In The Decapitated Chicken, a married couple aspires to create a manifestation of their great love: Though clearly influenced by modernism, he gradually begins to turn the decadent Uruguayan language to describing the natural surroundings with meticulous precision.


Their four sons all sicken and are reduced to a state of idiocy because of congenital disease. But now I’m utterly fascinated with him. The couple feel guilty and bereft but place their hopes in a second child.

Log in No account? With Bertita, the parents believed horacuo had overcome their problems. Some of the bitterness he knew in his relationships as husband and father can be perceived in The Decapitated Chicken, but here again the basic emotion is objectified and now creatively translated into gloomy imaginings. En este cuento sangriento, Quiroga usa mucho presentimiento. Open Preview See a Problem? At 18 quiiroga this son also suffers convulsions and is left an idiot.

In this story, the deogllada of the sons and the illness of the daughter seem to serve as themes which represent the precarious state of the relationship of the parents. As in the majority of Quiroga’s works, he presents his story in a manner that is impartial and apathetic towards the characters. He also experimented with many subjects considered taboo in the society of the early twentieth century. With the twins, the deadly line of descent had seemed to reach its conclusion.

Because, naturally, with an intensified rapture of love for her husband and daughter, the more irritated her humor became towards degolada monsters.

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Short Stories of Latin America. Learn more about citation styles Citation styles Encyclopedia. In the second part, it is eight quirova later, and the man, who had noticed her affection, begins to woo her. Jun 05, Victoria rated it liked it. There is then a shift to the present time of the narrative, with a relentless progression towards the ghastly climax.

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. May 14, Cristina Machado quitoga it liked it.


While the Decalogue touts economic and precise style, using few adjectives, natural and simple wording, and clarity of expression, in many of his own stories Quiroga did not follow his own precepts, using ornate language, with plenty of adjectives and at times ostentatious vocabulary. Nature is hostile, and it almost always wins.

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There is also a kind of reverse symbolism. It’s about as dark as it sounds, but there’s a certain draw to it I found I couldn’t tear myself away. Everything is described with words of horror and lugubriousness: In their dirty and disheveled appearance the absolute lack of maternal care could easily be noticed.

During the morning the four sons see the maid killing a chicken and are fascinated by the sight of blood draining from the bird’s neck. Yet in their inevitable reconciliations their souls united with doubled fury and a yearning for a new child. 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.

He could get better. She then went back and picked up a kerosene bucket and placed it vertically on the chair, and with this she triumphed. The parents have a violent argument in which the accusations are no longer veiled.