Esteban Echeverria was an Argentine poet, writer and political activist describing “El Matadero” The Slaughterhouse – as if his intention is to. Esteban Echeverria (), is include4 today among the out- standing a period of ~volutionary upheavals and literary insurgence, Echeverria was a. Esteban Echeverría’s El matadero, wr tten towards the end of the s, s chronolog cally .. matadero as ‘slaughterhouse’, wh le the d ct onary of the Span sh.

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At this point the chief protagonist, who is never named but is a man of about 25, enters the scene. This page was last edited on 28 Januaryat Pounding their pulpits, the preachers thunder that the Day of Judgement is nigh; that God is angry with the wickedness of man — and, more especially, with the heretical unitarios adherents of the proscribed Unitario political party.

He well knew the risk he was running, but it could have been rage, more than fear, that produced his trembling handwritingwhich is almost illegible in the original manuscript. February Learn how and when to remove this template message.

At that point the slaughter yard Judge rides up and orders that the protagonist be taken to his shed, which is also a rudimentary courtroom. The woman scavengers must be represented as old, ugly birds of prey and harpies because the slaughter yard is not a “domestic space”.

Wikisource has original text related to this article: Please consider expanding the lead to provide an accessible overview of all important aspects of the article. Egged on by the crowd, Matasiete throws him from his horse, seizes him by the necktie and holds a dagger to his throat. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


After the crowd has shouted threats and ribald insults the Judge orders everyone to shut up and sit down. There then transpires an angry dialogue between on the one hand the Judge and taunting crowd and on the other the defiant, brave but rather high-minded protagonist.

This creates the impression that Echeverria sees the Unitarians as civilised while the Americans, under the influence of the federalists, are barbaric. As regards “The Slaughter Yard”, said Carilla: He also noted that — according to his own admission: In this room is a massive table never without glasses of grog and playing cards “unless to make room for the executions and tortures of the Federalist thugs of the slaughter yard”.

His sideburns are cut in the form of a letter U for unitario ; he is not displaying the mandatory rosista emblem; neither is he wearing the obligatory mourning for Rosas’ late wife.

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The Slaughter Yard

We may therefore suspect that Gutierrez himself had to do with the composition of the story. But that, said Carilla, is absurd, for the published text of “The Slaughter Ssteban is pretty well flawless. In his writing he narrates the events that took place during lent and the unfortunate events that followed after a major flood. Although The Slaughter Yard is a story, it is based on some elements of fact.

A horseman lassoes him but owing to an accident the taut lasso decapitates a child. In fact, the clergy willingly slaughterhousr the Rosas regime, except for the Jesuits, whom he later expelled for that reason Lynch, Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. The traditional view [ which?

It is one of the most studied texts in Latin American literature. It is certainly known and echeverroa beyond the borders of Argentina. This article needs additional citations for verification. Echheverria, for Carilla, it was surprising that critics had assumed “The Slaughter Yard” was composed around They used to call a savage unitario Hence, although it was tempting to regard “The Slaughter House” as echeverira work composed at the height of Rosas’ state terrorism, there was really no evidence that it was.


At last the Judge delivers his ruling: This can be said to be a metaphor to Rosas governance, to demonstrate, how De Rosas did not only make the laws, but also decided when and how to enforce them.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article’s lead section does not adequately summarize key points of its contents. Furthermore, Echeverria compares the death of the Unitarian to the crucifixion of Christ in a certain way; which called my attention since Echeverria, is know for criticizing The Church and Catholicism, which confused me a bit, why would he portray the death of the Unitarian this way?

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Owing in part to slaughterhhouse brevity — a mere 6, or so words — it may be the most studied school text in all Latin American literature. It was made clear that Echeverria opposed the actions of the federalists due to the way he described the Unitarian compared to the butcher.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here This section needs expansion. The slaughterhouse was Argentina and the cattle were the people. The only thing in this picture that can have been the author’s invention would be the moral appreciation of the circumstances, the language and the victim’s conduct, which functions as the noble poet would have done himself in an analogous situation.

One more animal remains.

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