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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In 19th century Buenos Aires cattle were frequently killed in open air yards, as illustrated in Vidal, 34 and described in Hudson, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Please consider expanding the lead to provide an accessible overview of all important aspects of the article.

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By order of Rosas the Judge enjoys absolute power over this collection of slaughterohuse humanity. You are commenting using your WordPress. It is not explained why the protagonist has chosen to ride about Buenos Aires dressed in this illegal, indeed reckless manner. This section needs additional citations for verification.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. In its immediate or obvious meaning it is simply a story of biting political criticism: Spam prevention powered by Akismet.

“El Matadero” por Esteban Echeverría

Driven mad with rage by the crowd’s handling, he charges. February Learn how slaughterhoude when to remove this template message. This section possibly contains original research. 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. Depriving the Unitarians of personal identity, and comparing the Unitarian to a bull with balls.

You can help by adding to it. Written in exile but published posthumously init is an attack on the brutality of ewteban Federalist regime of Juan Manuel Rosas and his parapolice thugs, the Mazorca. It was the first Argentine work of prose fiction.


The action takes place on some unspecified date in the s during the season of Lent. When he describes the torture of the Unitarian it is hard not to draw comparisons with the death of the bull. The scene of the “savage unitario ” in the power of the Judge of the Slaughter Yard and his myrmidons is not an invention but a reality that happened more than once in that ill-fated era.

After the crowd has shouted threats and ribald insults the Judge orders everyone to shut up and sit down. He also noted that — estbean to his own admission: The government gives orders that 50 bullocks are to be slaughtered, ostensibly to provide beef for children and the sick for otherwise meat is forbidden to Catholics during Lent.

At last the Judge delivers his ruling: They mistakenly classified El matadero as a novel instead of a short story, but it would have scored top in either category.

It was made clear that Echeverria opposed the actions of the federalists esteba to the way he described the Unitarian compared to the butcher. It is one of the most studied texts in Latin American literature.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here In his writing he narrates the events that took place during lent and the unfortunate events that followed after a major flood. It is usually said [ by whom?

Echeverria starts the short story by questioning The Church; he makes use of religious allusions and metaphors.

The Slaughter Yard

It is not until we get to the events that took place at the slaughterhouse that I started to question his faith and loyalty to the Restorer and the federalists. In those days the throat-cutting butchers of the Slaughter Yard were the advocates who spread the rosista Federation by rod and dagger This creates the impression that Echeverria sees the Unitarians as civilised while the Americans, under the influence of the federalists, are barbaric.

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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. Please discuss this issue on the article’s dsteban page.

There is endless discussion about the literary type or genre to which “The Slaughter House” belongs: Although The Slaughter Yard is a story, it is based on some elements of fact. The crowd immediately spots that he is a unitario supporter of the proscribed political party. Eventually the floods abate but not before the city has run out of beef. 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.

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Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. Carllla then turned to Gutierrez’s editorial notes on the story. The reader is given to understand that the meat is really intended for privileged persons including Rosas himself and his corrupt clergy.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. But there is a suspicion that he may be no bullock, but a bull — though bulls are not allowed in the slaughter yard. In fact, the clergy willingly supported the Rosas regime, except for the Jesuits, whom he later expelled for that reason Lynch,