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The short story was originally published as a confabularioa word created in Spanish by Arreola, inin the collection Confabulario and Other Inventions.

The image immediately thereafter of the tiny red lantern swinging back and forth before the onrushing train conveys the story’s principal theme: But it soon becomes apparent from the information provided him by his interlocutor that the uncertain journey he is about to undertake is a metaphor of the absurd human condition described by Camus.

He asks the stranger for the name of the station he wants to go to and the stranger says it is “X. He feels that those with authority create absurd laws and conditions in their domain, and their subjects often willingly accept these absurdities, much like ordinary train passengers.

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Write a customer review. He does not understand why the stranger insists on going to T. In his piece, Arreola focuses on reality as well. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. The stranger is very confused; he has no plans to stay.

Arreola’s ingenious tale exudes a very Mexican flavor, but above all else it is a universal statement on the existential human’s precarious place in guardagujad world. The absurd human is aware not only of the limits of reason but also of the absurdity of death and nothingness that will ultimately be his or her fate.

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Thus, the stranger’s heavy suitcase symbolizes the burden of reason he carries about, and the inn resembles a jail, the place where others like him are lodged before setting out on life’s absurd journey. Learn more about citation styles Citation styles Encyclopedia. From the first lines of “The Switchman” the stranger guareagujas out as a man of reason, fully expecting that, because he has a ticket to T, the train will take him there on time.

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In their view, their elaborate system, which includes accommodations for years-long trips and even for yuardagujas, is very good. The Switchman On one level the story operates as a satire on the Mexican transportation system, while on another the railroad is an analogy for the hopeless absurdity of the human condition.

Share your thoughts with other customers. Three years later Arreola received a scholarship guardaguhas study in Paris, where he may well have read these highly acclaimed essays. In some cases, new towns, like the town of F.

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Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list. In one case, where the train reached an abyss with no bridge, the passengers happily broke down and rebuilt the train on the other side. Briefly summarized, “The Switchman” portrays a stranger burdened with a heavy suitcase who arrives at a deserted station at the exact time his train is supposed to leave. Retrieved from ” https: Explore the Home Gift Guide.

Suddenly, a train approaches and the switchman begins to signal it. Though some consider him to be a pioneer in the field on non-realistic literature, critics of him felt that social conditions in Mexico demanded a more realistic examination of the inequalities. Where there is only one rail instead of two, the trains zip along and allow the first class passengers the side of the train riding on the rail.

It was republished ten years later along with other published works by Arreola at that time in the collection El Confabulario total.


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The Switchman (El Guardagujas) by Juan José Arreola, |

The railroad management was so pleased that they decided to suspend any official bridge building and instead encourage the stripping and recreation of future trains.

The switchman explains how the railroad company thinks of their railway system. Guadragujas the final lines of Arreola’s story the assertion of the stranger now referred to gurdagujas the traveler that he is going to X rather than T indicates that he has become an absurd man ready to set out for an unknown destination.

The details of the story do not really support his claim that he is indeed an official switchman, so it may be that his tales represent a system that presents absurdity as an official truth and relies on the gullibility of the audience.

In addition, it is not really clear that the system does operate in the way the switchman claims: Related Video Shorts 0 Upload your video. Instead, they resembled the work of writers like Franz Kafka and Albert Camus and their examination of the human condition. The railroad tracks melting away in the distance represent the unknown future, while the elaborate network of uncompleted railroads evokes people’s vain efforts to put into effect rational schemes.