Das Erdbeben in Chili has ratings and 28 reviews. James said: Please note, I read this novella in German, looking up translations as needed it was. HEROISM IN KLEIST’S “DAS ERDBEBEN IN CHILI”. Robin A. Clouser einrich von Kleist’s Novelle “Das Erdbeben in. H Chili” () is regarded by many. I. Editions of Kleist’s works have nothing to say about the source of his. Das Erdbeben in Chili, , other than noting that nothing is known on the subject1.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Das Erdbeben in Chili by Heinrich von Kleist. Und auch Josephe, die kleisr diesem Moment hingerichtet werden soll, wird dank des Erdbebens noch einmal verschont. Die Naturkatastrophe kommt den Liebenden zur Hilfe und vereitelt ihren Tod. Doch es bleibt ihnen nicht mehr viel Zeit Paperback32 pages. Published January 31st by Hamburger Lesehefte Verlag first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Das Erdbeben in Chiliplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Das Erdbeben in Chili. Lists with This Book. Please note, I read this novella in German, looking up translations as needed Heinrich von Kleistborn in Frankfurt inled a troubled life, which ultimately resulted in his suicide in As a follower of several Kantian philosophies, Kleist found himself drawing deeper and deeper into depression as he aged.

However, this personal crisis is what enabled Heinrich von Kleist to become such a profound creative writer. At the turn of the nineteenth century, Heinrich von K Please note, I read this novella in German, looking up translations as needed At the turn of the nineteenth century, Heinrich von Kleist published one of his masterpieces: The Earthquake in Chile. The Earthquake in Chile pushes readers to question what role God, or any higher being, eerdbeben play in their lives.

Kleist sets his readers up to wonder whether the earthquake was a natural, geographic event, or whether it was an act of God against all sinners. In the end, Kleist shows his cjili that they are solely responsible for deciding the place of religion in their lives.

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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. The short story uses the idea of an earthquake, as a sign from God, to change the destiny of the lovers Jeronimo and Josefa.

The story of Jeronimo and Josefa is a tragic one because the lovers ultimately die despite being given a second chance.

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. The earthquake had saved the two lovers, and they were secretly reunited.

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However, after finding their way back to each other, they entered a church service to thank God for saving their lives. Jeronimo and Josefa were the ones who had caused the earthquake according to several members of the community.

One of the unanswered questions that Kleist leaves his readers with at the end of this work is whether or not there is a higher being, namely God, that watches over all of mankind. Many readers argue that there can be no God who watches over his people. If there is, how could he permit Jeronimo and Josefa to find their way back to one another only to me murdered, no less in a church, by a man from another city.

If he is, then why did he permit the earthquake to happen?

Das Erdbeben in Chili by Heinrich von Kleist

Kleist lets the readers explore these questions merely by setting up a situation in which there is no definite answer. Possibly, the higher being that sent the earthquake to the town was trying to punish the sinners, but one will never know. After the Prior speaks his words, the two lovers are drawn to the center of the church, and they are then killed. Afterwards, a supposedly reverent church follower begins to chastise the two for their evil deeds, and asks for even more vengeance to be incurred.

In the end, he attempts to slay their newborn baby, but unbeknownst to him, he slays the baby of a friend of theirs. What kind of God would permit this to happen? Some may see this as a punishment.

Possibly Don Fernando received this blow to his family because they helped support the two sinners previously. Again, Kleist leaves this decision in the hands of the readers. 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.

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He may not single out just the sinners, but he may feel that all deserve to suffer for the sins of another. He felt that no matter what one attempted to do, they were in this world on their own. He gave Jeronimo the right to commit suicide by hanging himself in the jail cell, and he gave Master Pedrillo the right to create chaos in the church, a place that is supposed to be a sanctuary for holiness. Kleist wants his readers to know that even if God is in control, it is not total control.

He lends some of his power to the church, which yields it in a way that they feel necessary. Thus, Master Pedrillo, and the Prior take out their anger at the earthquake on the sinners Jeronimo and Josefa. One last question that Heinrich von Kleist evokes from readers, which he also leaves unanswered, is whether or not the readers can feel sympathy for the sinners, and the townspeople.

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. If all of the citizens had become a single family, then why were Josefa and Jeronimo killed?

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Kleist brings this point up to have the readers wonder whether or not one man is any more frdbeben than another man is. Are we all equals in society? Do we each receive our own punishment for what we have done? Do the elite receive a less harsh punishment? Apparently, Kleist wishes to show readers that any one may die in an earthquake. The Abbess, the Archbishop, the nuns, etc.

Kleisf of them had committed any mortal sins most likely, yet Jeronimo and Josefa did. The religious people died as a result of the earthquake, but then again, it is these church folk that Kleist labels as corrupt.

Is their any ercbeben in this situation? Again, Kleist gives this decision to the reader to make. Can there really be any justice when the lovers are killed in the end after being given a second chance?

Justice can been seen in several ways. The lovers received their just due for committing the sin of fornication: They were slain by Master Pedrillo. What about the innocent baby though? Did he deserve to die? He did not, but he died nonetheless. In the case of sympathy, do readers feel sympathy for Jeronimo and Josefa. Of course they do. Kliest writes the story for them, and about them. They were tragically senteneced to die, or to jail for the rest of their mortal lives. However, many readers make an attempt to argue that Kleist wants no one man or woman to be more sympathetic than another.

If this is so, why did Kleist focus chilo the situation that the two lovers were in? He did not though. Kleist was trying to show that in this deviant world, man has little choice as to their future.

God, or any other higher being, gives his people a path. And they are supposed to follow this path to the best of their ability. However, if the earthquake was a sign from God, God is the one who changed their path. They have been the ones who are physically harmed and in pain. They are the most real of all the characters. We readers, in our own ways, commit the same sins of Jeronimo and Josefa. They are reality, the others are not. And with reality is where our sympathy will always lie.

Kleist is highly imaginative and brilliant in his attempts to present a problem that has no real solution. And if there is a solution, it will certainly not unite the vast majority of readers. Are all men equal? Is there one God? How much control does he have over mankind? The answers to these and many more questions are, as one hates to learn, in the hands of the individual.

Kleist provides no answers. He just presents a situation in which all should decide for themselves. About Me For those new to me or my reviews