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. 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. Complete summary of Heinrich von Kleist’s The Earthquake in Chile. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Earthquake in Chile.

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The city folk are excited by this story. It is a religious holiday and in the middle of the pageantry of the holy festival, Josephe goes into labor on the steps of the cathedral.

Rugera had been a tutor at the house of Don Asteron, but Don Asteron dismissed him upon Asteron’s discovery of an illicit relationship between his daughter and Jeronimo. The novella’s central characters are two lovers caught up in the chaos of the Santiago earthquake in Chile. She gives birth to a son. Skip ahead approximately nine months. The crowd assumes Juan is Josephe’s baby. A naval officer, Don Alonzo, identifies Don Fernando but hesitates when a cobbler asks earhtquake Josephe.

You must be logged in to jn a comment. They are engaged in heroic struggles, possess tragic flaws, tend to be obsessive personalities, and are on the receiving end of lots of bad karma.

Jeronimo Rugera, a tutor in a noble household, has kleisy affair with Josephe, the daughter of the family. Cecilia, or the Power of Music “. She is sent to a nunnery where she gives birth to a little boy, Philipp.

That afternoon, a service is to be held at the lone surviving church in Santiago and the party, aside from Donna Elvira and her father Don Pedro, decides to attend. The abbess and most of the nuns are dead. 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.


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Moral Victories: The Curiously Relevant Prose of Heinrich von Kleist

Donna Constanza, who had been walking with Jeronimo, runs to Don Alonzo, but is mistaken for Josephe and is also chipe to death. She complies, and Don Fernando invites the reunited family to join his own.

They reunite amidst the ruins, struck by the extraordinary cost of their love:. Jeronimo was sent to prison and Josephe was scheduled to be executed.

eartquake Misfortune temporarily spawns acts of human kindness. Nothing fires up a crowd like a scapegoat. Don Fernando defends the children with his sword but eventually his son, Juan, is torn from his grasp and bashed against a pillar.

He agreed to a suicide pact with the terminally ill wife of a friend.

The mob turn on the two lovers and kill them and the child that they assume to be theirs. Before long, however, the violence of Nature is matched by the brutality of the human heart.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The following morning, the couple is approached by Don Fernando who asks Josephe to breast feed his son, Juan, since his wife, Donna Elvira, has earthhquake injured in the earthquake. Donna Constanza, Don Fernando’s sister in law, recognizes the danger, but before the party can make their escape, someone calls out, identifying Josephe as the adulteress and accusing Don Fernando of being Ileist. It is understood that the reason people are in constant search for meaning has to do with search kleost their true selves.

The need to return to society, to one of its central institutions that provides meaning, is simply too great. The people of the city are searching for an answer as for why god would create an earthquake that destroyed buildings and some people.

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Writers write what they know, and von Kleist certainly knew a thing or two about disappointment and bad outcomes. Jason Lieblang Arts One. Despite the tragedy that befalls most of these protagonists, good things sporadically ensue for other people. The paradisal interlude between these two events is likened to the Garden of Eden, and brings the survivors together into one family. The mob erupts and the couple is killed. He had a brief stint in the Prussian bureaucracy.


Somehow Jeronimo, Josephe, and their child are not only freed but unharmed. Don Asteron sends Josephe to a convent, where she and Jeronimo continue their relationship, until one day Josephe gave birth on the steps of the cathedral.

Tony Miksanek is the author of two collections of short stories. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. But they make a mistake.

The Earthquake in Chile – German Literature

Masterfully juxtaposing compassion and cruelty, it follows two young people, Jeronimo and Josephe, kleistt fall in love. At the very moment when the procession is taking her to the place of execution and Jeronimo, in prison, is about to hang himself in despair, the earthquake strikes. Helma Earthquke wrote and directed a telefilm of this story in West Germany in Finding oneself, is finding meaning to life, and without meaning the purpose of living is often questionable.

The crowd disperses and Don Fernando is left with Philip, whom he adopts as his own child with Donna Elvira. It is and a horrific earthquake rocks the city of Santiago, Chile, on the very day the two lovers are scheduled to die. Fairy Tales by Robert Walser If it can accurately be said that Robert Walser is a writer enamored of restriction, one would Occupying almost half of the book, the novella chronicles the life of a 16th century horse trader.

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