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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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Is their any justice in this situation? The God-centred interpretation reaches its climax in the scene in the cathedral.

Doch es bleibt ihnen nicht mehr viel Zeit Another question that stems from such an idea is whether or not all of mankind is similar when it comes to punishment, or should they receive different punishments depending on their crimes. About Me For those new to me or my reviews Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must be logged in to post a comment.

Jun 18, Stopfi rated it liked it. At the conclusion, Don Fernando compares Juan and Philip and considers how he had acquired them, and remarks; “It almost seemed to him that he should be glad. But I feel like the whole story is a very good meditation on human society and this seemingly inherent need to have social structure. They are greeted as friends, and exchange stories and rumours of the happenings in Santiago. Clearly the need to return to society, which seems to give meaning to human life, is just too great for mankind.

One is the sheer pace of events that sweeps it — and us — along. All of which is little comfort; but it does not mean that life is meaningless or purposeless. This tragedy carries spiritual weight. It is one of the greatest endings in the whole of German prose literature.

He felt that no matter what one attempted to do, they were in this world on their own. I’ve read this novella before a couple of years ago and now re-read it for an event. He just presents a situation in which all should decide for themselves. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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 meaning to all events in life. Kleist provides no answers.


Kleist brings this point up to have the readers wonder whether or not one man is any more special than another man is.

Das Erdbeben in Chili by Heinrich von Kleist

Kleist was klrist to show that in this deviant world, man has little choice as to their future. To ask other readers questions about Das Erdbeben in Chiliplease sign up.

The people of the city are searching for an answer as for why god would create an earthquake that destroyed buildings and some people. Wer kann ihnen diesen versichern?

The tale has little local specificity; it is set in Chile, but what Kleist offers us is a model of European society, one which functions as test case in the exploration of how human beings negotiate the need earthqukae find meaning after exrthquake major disaster. Thus, Master Pedrillo, and the Prior take out their anger at the earthquake on the sinners Jeronimo and Josefa.

The city folk are excited by this story. In the chaos and confusion that follows, the two lovers and their child are saved. Is there one God? No trivia or quizzes yet.

Das Erdbeben in Chili

On her way to her execution as the earthquake strikes, Josephe rescues her son from the convent, where she had entrusted him to an abbess.

During lecture as well as seminar, we discussed how philosophers such as Immanuel Kant believed that natural events have no real meaning yet we live in cnile world where people constantly want to place explanations onto everything that occurs.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Dec 29, Hugolane rated it really liked it. If all of the citizens had become a single family, then why were Josefa and Jeronimo killed?


En verdad era grande el atrevimiento de nuestro joven escritor.

Paperback32 pages. Kleist is highly imaginative and brilliant in his attempts to present a problem that has no real solution. As a follower of several Kantian philosophies, Kleist found himself drawing deeper and deeper into depression as he aged. And they are supposed to follow this path to the best of their ability. Rereading this for chilee final exam. Kleist wird wahrscheinlich nie so iin mein Liebling, aber interessantes Leben.

He may not single out just the sinners, but he may feel that all deserve to suffer for the sins of another. And the lovers, reunited with their child, almost see themselves as a reincarnation of the Holy Family: However, this personal crisis is what enabled Heinrich von Kleist to become such a profound creative writer. Do we each receive our own punishment for what we have done? Das “Erdbeben” war recht langweilig, aber immerhin nur ein paar Seiten lang.

The priest accuses the sinners as cause for the earthquake, a lynch mob forms. Both Jeronimo and Josephe are to be put to death. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https: After the Prior speaks his words, the two lovers are drawn to the center of the church, and they are then killed.

The religious people died as a result of the earthquake, but then again, it is these church folk that Kleist labels as corrupt.

Rather, it implicates us in the cast of mind that it ultimately criticizes as being, in its supernatural claims, inhuman. They were slain by Master Pedrillo. The dramatist, writer, lyricist, and publicist Heinrich von Kleist was born in Frankfurt an der Oder in