What moral is conveyed in The Earthquake in Chile?

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It is not absolutely clear that Kleist's story does, in fact, have a "moral" in any ordinary sense. But his observation, so to speak, in The Earthquake in Chile is arguably that there is something negative and destructive within human society and its conventions and beliefs. The earthquake, in his narrative, is a kind of metaphor in nature for this annihilating power that people exhibit in their interactions with one another.

Jeronimo and Josephe, in the story, are victims of society's hypocrisy. The earthquake temporarily has saved her from execution and him from suicide, and has released them, in some way, back into the openness of nature with their child. In the destructive force...

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