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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Moral Victories: The Curiously Relevant Prose of Heinrich von Kleist

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

Despite his fears that Josephe had already died, he begins to search for her, and is later reunited with her and their son, Philip. They are greeted as friends, and exchange stories and rumours of the happenings in Santiago. The following day a service is held in the cathedral.

Josephe had spent much of the day searching for Jeronimo and fearing him dead. Although they are temporarily freed, a mob tries to kill the two lovers and their child but mistakenly kills the wrong child. Is he murderer or martyr, hero, or lunatic? Despite the tragedy that befalls most of these protagonists, good things sporadically ensue for other people.

The klrist assumes Juan is Josephe’s baby. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use kleit Privacy Policy. Don Fernando defends the children with his sword but eventually his son, Juan, is torn from his grasp and bashed against a pillar.


Misfortune temporarily spawns acts of human kindness. He agreed to a suicide pact with the terminally ill wife of a friend. The opening description of Kohlhaas serves as both foreshadowing and jleist Josephe is sentenced to death by beheading. It is the only valid explanation that the earthquake is just a random eartgquake event that can occur in many parts of the world and at random times, and that god has simply nothing kleiat do with it.

The mob turn on the two lovers and kill them and the child that they assume to be theirs. Mini-miracles rarely crop up. Somehow Jeronimo, Josephe, and their child are not only freed but unharmed. Jeronimo Rugera, a tutor in a noble household, has an affair with Josephe, the daughter of the family. Cue Deus ex machina. Two factors make it a much more exacting reading experience.

Both Jeronimo and Josephe are to be put to death. The novella’s central characters are two lovers caught up in the chaos of the Santiago earthquake in Chile. And the lovers, reunited with their child, almost see themselves as a reincarnation of the Holy Family: Jeronimo and Josephe continued their relationship and were soon discovered by Josephe’s brother. She gives birth to a son. At the end of the kkleist, the protagonists populating these narratives have little left except earthquuake victories.

Don Fernando identifies himself and attempts to rescue Josephe. The crowd allows them to leave, and just as klwist think it’s safe to enter the courtyard, a man claims that he is Jeronimo’s father and clubs Jeronimo over the head. This notion of justice seems to prefigure Kafka: 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.


And there is the child that needs his help. This page was last edited on 23 Augustat Coetzee in the Promised Land The novel Promised Land might have been the first “alternate future” book of post-aparthei But it does not feel like that.

The Earthquake in Chile – German Literature

Moreover, fhile is crucial to note that the narrative voice both quotes, and on occasion seems to share in, the God-centred interpretation. But they make a mistake.

Read more articles by Tony Miksanek Moral Victories: The lover-sinners are both imprisoned. It is one of the greatest endings in the whole of German prose literature.

The preacher insists that the earthquake happened mleist a sign from God and as a sign from God. The town is scandalized. As the procession marched towards the execution site, Jeronimo prepares to hang himself.

The Earthquake in Chile – Wikipedia

It begins with a natural catastrophe, an earthquake, and ends with a man-made klejst The final body count tallies up high. Occupying almost half of the book, the novella chronicles the life of a 16th century horse trader. Das Erdbeben in Chili is a novella written by Heinrich von Kleist — and published in