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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Possibly, the higher being that sent the eagthquake to the town was trying to punish the sinners, but one will never know. InKleist entered the guard regiment in Potsdam and took part in the Rhein campaign against France in He may not single out just the sinners, but he may feel that all deserve to suffer for the sins of another.

At the turn of the nineteenth century, Heinrich von K Please note, I read this novella in German, looking up translations as needed By slaying the newborn baby of the wrong man, Kleist could be showing his readers that God punishes all for their sins at different points in their life.

Thanks for stopping by. Und auch Josephe, die in diesem Moment hingerichtet werden soll, wird dank des Erdbebens noch einmal verschont. At the turn of the nineteenth century, Heinrich von Kleist published one of his masterpieces: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. And if there is a solution, it will certainly not unite the vast majority of readers. It begins with a natural catastrophe, an earthquake, and ends with a man-made one: Want to Read Currently Reading Read.


That need is so strong that people will literally kill for hit. They were slain by Master Pedrillo. Together with many of the survivors, they go to a valley outside the town where an almost paradisal scene unfolds.

Leave a Comment Filed under Uncategorized. Von daher – ganz chioe gemacht, Kleist!

Das Erdbeben in Chili by Heinrich von Kleist

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 Jeronimo. Helma Sanders-Brahms wrote and directed a telefilm of this story in West Germany in 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 been injured in the earthquake.

Kleist used several factual earthquakes to base his work on; he took the ramifications of the disastrous earthquake that had destroyed Santiago on 13 Mayusing it as a starting place for his short story. A teacher seduces his pupil, she gets send to a convent, he follows her, impregnates her. They attend the service. The town is scandalized.

Das Erdbeben in Chili

Afterwards, a supposedly reverent church follower begins to chastise the two for their evil deeds, and asks for even more vengeance to be incurred. He just presents a situation in which all should decide for themselves. But fate isn’t kind to them.


Don Fernando identifies himself and attempts to rescue Josephe. Paperback32 pages. At the end of the story there are survivors: At the very same moment when she is to be burned and he’s in the act of hanging himself, the name-giving earthquake takes place, both are freed and meet each other by coincidence at a secluded brook soon after. Kleist sure as hell was a bloke ahead of his time, and I feel like this story is still all too relevant today.

However, if the earthquake was a sign from God, God is the one who changed their path.

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In the end, he eatthquake to slay earrhquake newborn baby, but unbeknownst to him, he slays the baby of a friend of theirs. Published January 31st by Hamburger Lesehefte Verlag first published 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. He lends some of his power to the church, which yields it in a way that they feel necessary.

Kleist provides no answers. The novella’s central characters are two lovers caught up in the chaos of the Santiago earthquake in Chile.

While a few individuals have found forgiveness, the mob, of course, has not forgotten.