Short summary of The Plain on Burning Tales 1 to 8

It is a story written by Juan Rulfo, in which he tries to capture a difficult, arid and raw reality. It reflects the number of injustices, corruptions, degenerations and in general, all the social rot both governmentally and the people themselves.


In total, there are 17 short stories, told in the first person the vast majority and using techniques such as the “break of chronological development” and kinds of dialogues in various forms.

First: ‘They’ve given us the earth’

He begins the story of a tour of the plains, in the company of three companions, in a stage framed by a hellish heat, heading towards the terrain that the state had bestowed on them. But the road is very exhausting and they didn’t even have the energy to talk.


And it is that they gave them an arid and distant land, called “Big Plain”, very barren to pretend that it germinates some seed.

Second: ‘The Cost of the Weasels’

The tale begins, recounting the particular situation of a village, where the people who lived there had to move since two brothers had taken over the village, violently. It was the Torrico brothers, who were attacking and assaulting the roads.

Who narrates the story, states that one of the brothers, named Remigio Torrico, points out that he had murdered his brother, but the narrator killed him with a needle and then said that he had been killed by the Alcaraces.

Third: ‘We’re very poor’

This time the narrator is a child, commemorating a terrible tragedy that happened to his family. It all happened because of a severe storm that hit the sector and the currents that formed, wiped out the cow that was owned by Tacha, his sister.

This animal had been bought by his father, so that he wouldn´t prostitute himself like the sisters and remember this, makes Tacha cry deeply in pain.

Fourth: ‘The Man’

A guy runs through the woods, fleeing to save his life, because the one who was chasing him was going to kill him for killing his family and the cause of this was that the pursuer had first killed the persecuted’ brother.

The persecuted is bombarded by remorse of Conscience, by the fact that he has murdered the whole family and not only his enemy. But he did so, because there was no light and he couldn’t tell who was who.

Then the narrative is skipped in time and the scene of the end of the story, it takes place in a courthouse where he is declaring a sheep herder, who found the lifeless body of the subject who was persecuted, but realizes that he first found it alive. He also claims that he didn´t know him and that he was only dedicated to raising sheep.

Fifth: ‘In the early morning’

The scene takes place on the estate owned by Justo Brambila, a guy who has sex with his young niece. Old Stephen, who worked as a cowboy, served there. Don Justo beat the old man terribly because he saw him mistreating a calf.  But a little later, Don Justo’s corpse appears and for hours before, old Stephen is presumed to have killed him in revenge for the beating.

The old man did not remember killing him, however he stated that he may have died of anger, because he lived always angry.

Sixth: ‘Talpa’

It is another account of a murder, this time of poor Tanilo who was ill, and his brother who is the rerelate, in complicity with his sister-in-law, Natalia killed him. The causes that led them to commit such a terrible fact were adultery between them that later became the greatest weight of their consciences. The way to kill him was to make him go to Talpa, who was far away and the poor sick man did not resist.

Seventh: ‘Macario’

Macario is a character who appears as an idiot talking to himself, totally full of fear. He was an orphan and also disabled. For example, he feared that his godmother would wake up and that’s why he wanted to eat the frogs. Inside the story, remember how the villagers beat him with stones.

He was a poor manout, full of hunger and also afraid to lose his soul in hell. She was obsessed with employee Felipa’s breasts.

Eighth: ‘The Plain on Fire’

It begins with the story of individuals fleeing the feds and in order to survive and succeed in their escape, they had to ranthet and steal. They were revolutionary men, who were later joined by the Geeros Indians of Zocoalco and other regions.

But their end is tragic, because they die hanging upside down, when a train derails. In a given oment, their own allies regard them as traitors and the revolutionaries disperse. The story culminates with a woman waiting for the prison of one of the rebels to leave the prison, because she had given birth to a son of hers when he kidnapped her from her estate and also murdered her father.

Short summary of The Plain on Burning Tales 1 to 8

It is a story written by Juan Rulfo, in which he he tries to capture a difficult, arid and raw reality. It reflects the number of injustices, corruptions, degenerations and in general, all the social rot both governmentally and the people themselves.

In total, there are 17 short stories, told in the first person the vast majority and using techniques such as the “break of chronological development” and kinds of dialogue in forms.

First: ‘They’ve given us the earth’

He begins the story of a tour of the plains, in the company of three companions, in a stage framed by a hellish heat, heading towards the terrain that the state had bestowed on them. But the road is very exhausting and they didn’t even have the energy to talk.

And it is that they gave them an arid and distant land, called “Big Plain”, very barren to pretend that it germinates some seed.

Second: ‘The Cost of the Weasels’

The tale begins, recounting the particular situation of a village, where the people who lived there had to move since two brothers had taken over the village, violently. It was the Torrico brothers, who were attacking and assaulting the roads.

Who narrates the story, states that one of the brothers, named Remigio Torrico, points out that he had murdered his brother, but the narrator killed him with a needle and then said that he had been killed by the Alcaraces.

Third: ‘We’re very poor’

This time the narrator is a child, commemorating a terrible tragedy that happened to his family. It all happened because of a severe storm that hits the sector and the currents that formed, wiped out the cow that was owned by Tacha, his sister.

This animal had been bought by his father, so that he would not hesitate to prostitute prostitute like the sisters and remember this, makes Tacha cry deeply in pain.

Fourth: ‘The Man’

A guy runs through the woods, fleeing to save his life, because the one who was chasing him was going to kill him for killing his family and the cause of this was that the pursuer had first killed the persecuted’ brother.

The persecuted is bombarded by remorse of Conscience, by the fact that he has murdered the whole family and not only his enemy. But he did so, because there was no light and he couldn’t tell who was who.

Then the narrative is skipped in time and the scene of the end of the story, it takes place in a courthouse where he is declaring a sheep herder, who found the lifeless body of the subject who was persecuted, but realizes that he found it first alive. He also claims that he didn´t know him and that he was only dedicated to raising sheep.

Fifth: ‘In the early morning’

The scene takes place on the estate owned by Justo Brambila, a guy who has sex with his young niece. Old Stephen, who worked as a cowboy, served there. Don Justo beat the old man terribly because he saw him mistreating a calf.  But a little later, Don Justo’s corpse appears and for hours before, old Stephen is presumed to have killed him in revenge for the beating.

The old man did not remember killing him, however he stated that he may have died of anger, because he lived always angry.

Sixth: ‘Talpa’

It is another account of a murder, this time of poor Tanilo who was ill, and his brother who is the rerelate, in complicity with his sister-in-law, Natalia killed him. The causes that led them to commit such a terrible fact were adultery between them that later became the greatest weight of their consciences. The way to kill him was to make him go to Talpa, who was far away and the poor sick man did not resist.

Seventh: ‘Macario’

Macario is a character who appears as an idiot talking to himself, totally full of fear. He was an orphan and also disabled. For example, he feared that his godmother would wake up and that’s why he wanted to eat the frogs. Inside the story, remember how the villagers beat him with stones.

He was a poor manout, full of hunger and also afraid to lose his soul in hell. She was obsessed with employee Felipa’s breasts.

Eighth: ‘The Plain on Fire’

It begins with the story of individuals fleeing the feds and in order to survive and succeed in their escape, they had to ranthet and steal. They were revolutionary men, who were later joined by the Geeros Indians of Zocoalco and other regions.

But their end is tragic, because they die hanging upside down, when a train derails. In a given oment, their own allies regard them as traitors and the revolutionaries disperse. The story culminates with a woman waiting for the prison of one of the rebels to leave the prison, because she had given birth to a son of hers when he kidnapped her from her estate and also murdered her father.

Short summary of The Plain on Burning Tales 1 to 8
Source: Education  
July 28, 2019


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