Chickens and Roosters

What it the theme of The Decapitated Chicken by Horacio Quiroga?


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Cruelty and Violence (mostly). This is because the four idiots are denied of love from their parents since they were diagnosed with their abnormalities and are then treated with violence and cruelty from their parents. The parents, Berta and Mazzini, then hired the servent to help around the house and with the four idiots (Horacio Quiroga refers to 'idiota' or 'idiot' meaning, "mentally challenged") who also treats the brothers with cruelty. Then in the end, the brothers reciprocate this cruelty that has been thrust upon them their entire lives by killing the daughter after seeing the chicken be decapitated.