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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Kleist was trying to show that in this deviant world, man has little choice as to their future.

She is sent to a nunnery where she gives birth to a little boy, Philipp. Jeronimo and Josephe continued their relationship and were soon discovered by Josephe’s brother.

The people in the story though, are searching as to why God would create something as evil and destructive as an earthquake.

Brixton rated it it was amazing Jun 28, 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.

Some may see this as a punishment. Jeronimo and Josefa were the ones who had caused the earthquake according to several members of the community. About Me For those new to me or my reviews Tom Ehrenberger rated it liked it Feb 05, Das Erdbeben in Chili ist vielleicht seine beste Novelle.

If this is so, why did Kleist focus on the situation that the two lovers were in? Kleist voluntarily resigned from army service in and until studied philosophy, physics, mathematics, and political science at Viadrina University in Frankfurt an der Oder. Yet it is important to recognize that any such reading of the story runs the risk of turning it into a cautionary tale.


Feb 01, Magda added it Shelves: This page was last edited on 23 Augustat 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. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I’ve read this novella before a couple of years ago and now re-read it for an event.

Quick and easy read, and the story can be analyzed in so many different ways! The crowd assumes Juan is Josephe’s baby. Apr 13, Dennis rated it it was amazing.

Wirkt abgeschnitten, unfertig, vielleicht allegorisch gemeint. I write A LOT. 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. The Earthquake in Chile pushes readers to question what role God, or any higher being, will play in their lives. The paradisal interlude between these two events is likened to the Garden of Eden, and earthquxke the survivors together into one family.

Kleist provides no answers. Of course they do.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books klsist want to read. 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.

Das Erdbeben in Chili

What kind of God would permit this to happen? However, this personal crisis is what enabled Heinrich von Kleist to become such a profound creative writer. All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Again, Kleist leaves this decision in the hands of the readers.

He gave Jeronimo the right to commit suicide by hanging himself in the jail cell, and earthquakd gave Master Pedrillo the right to create chaos earhhquake the church, a place that is supposed to be a sanctuary for holiness.


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Rereading this for my final earthqquake. They are reality, the others are not. Und auch Josephe, die in diesem Moment hingerichtet werden soll, wird dank des Erdbebens noch einmal verschont. Das Erdbeben in Chili by Heinrich von Kleist.

It is understood that the reason people are in constant search for meaning has to do with search for their true selves.

The central issue the story explores is the processes of interpretation by which the survivors of the earthquake desperately need to give meaning to the cataclysm that has befallen them and to their survival — and the practical consequences of those interpretations. Spam prevention powered by Akismet. I read A LOT. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

God seems to be used as an explanation for everything in this story, both for the earthquake and for the horrible fhile 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 ib in its name sound familiar? In the chaos and confusion that follows, the two lovers and their child are saved.

However, moments before they were about to be hanged Josefa was sentenced to be hanged, and Jeronimo was trying to commit suicide in the jail cellthe earth shook, and buildings crumbled.

Is their any justice in this situation?