EL GUARDAGUJAS DE JUAN JOS ARREOLA PDF

http://www. taken there, don’t you agree?” “Most people would say you are right. Over at the inn you can talk to people who have. The Switchman1. Juan José Arreola.

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In some cases, new towns, like the town of F. As the stranger is very interested in this, the switchman once again encourages the stranger to try his luck, but warns him se to talk to fellow passengers, who may be spies, and to watch out for mirages that the railroad company generates. Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

As demonstrated kuan its numerous interpretations, “The Switchman” is huan with ambiguity. 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. The Switchman Original title: As the man speculates about where his train might be, he feels a touch on his shoulder and turns to see a small old man dressed like a railroader and carrying a lantern.

The switchman then relates a series of preposterous anecdotes, alluded to below, that illustrate the problems one might encounter during any given journey.

El Guardagujas… de Juan José Arreola

He does not understand why the stranger insists on going to T. The railroad company occasionally creates false train stations in remote locations to abandon people when the trains become too crowded. From the first lines of “The Switchman” the stranger stands out as a man of juann, fully expecting that, because he has a ticket to T, the train will take him there on time.

The switchman tells the stranger that the inn is filled with people who have made that very same assumption, and who may one day actually get there. Why, then, does the switchman vanish at this moment? The absurd human is one who recognizes a lack of clear purpose in life and therefore d to commit himself or herself guatdagujas the struggle for order against the unpredictable, fortuitous reality he or she encounters. The residents accept this system, but hope for a change in the system.

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The stranger is warned that if he is lucky enough to board any train, guareagujas must also be vigilant about his point of departure. Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite this article. The short story was originally published as a confabularioa word created in Spanish by Arreola, inin the collection Confabulario and Other Inventions. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The stranger is very confused; he has no plans to stay.

But upon inquiring again where the stranger wants to go, the switchman receives the answer X instead of T. 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 guardagujs human condition. The latter comes closest to the most convincing interpretation, namely, that Arreola has based his tale on Albert Camus ‘s philosophy of the absurd as set forth in The Myth of Sisyphus, a collection of essays Camus published in He vanishes because he has fulfilled his role as the stranger’s subconscious by not only asking the Camusian question “Why?

Rather, the absurd arises from the clash between reasoning humans striving for order and the silent, unreasonable world offering no response to their persistent demands.

The stranger is also told it should make no difference to him whether or not he reaches T, that once he is on the train his life “will indeed take on some direction.

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It has been seen as a satire on Mexico’s railroad service and the Mexican character, as a lesson taught by the instincts to a human soul about to be born, as a modern allegory of Christianity, as a complex political satire, as a surrealistic fantasy on the e, nature of reality, and as an existentialist view of life with Mexican modifications.

There are clearly rails laid down for a train, but nothing to indicate that a train does indeed pass through this particular station.

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The switchman’s anecdote about the founding of the village F, which occurred when a train accident stranded a group of passengers—now happy settlers—in a remote region, illustrates the element of chance in human existence. 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.

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Views Read Edit View history. The stranger argues that he should be able to go to T. In ojs, it is not really clear that the system does operate in the way the switchman claims: Another episode involves a trainload of energetic passengers who became heroes absurd heroes in Camusian terms when they disassembled their train, carried it across a bridgeless chasm, and reassembled it on the other side in order to complete their journey.

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Mexican literature short stories. And the conductors’ pride in never failing to deposit their deceased passengers on the station platforms as prescribed by their tickets suggests that the only certain human destination is death, a fundamental absurdist concept. The switchman turns to tell the stranger that he is lucky.

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.

As he gazes at the tracks that seem to melt away in the distance, an old man the switchman carrying a tiny red lantern appears from out of nowhere and proceeds to inform the stranger of the hazards of train travel in this country.