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Suddenly, a train approaches and the switchman begins to signal it.
The Switchman – Wikipedia
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. Arreola’s ingenious tale exudes a very Mexican flavor, but above all else it is a universal statement on the existential human’s precarious areola in the world.
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. 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 illusive nature of reality, and as an existentialist view of life with Ardeola modifications.
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.
Retrieved from ” https: The residents accept this system, but hope for a change in the system. Guardaguas 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.
Views Arrfola Edit View history. Learn more about citation styles Citation styles Encyclopedia. The switchman explains how joose railroad company thinks of their railway system. Like most of Arreola’s stories, The Switchman’ guardagkjas be interpreted in a variety of ways—as an allegory of the pitfalls of the Mexican train system, an existential horror story of life’s absurdities and human limitation, and the author’s desire to laugh in spite of the insanities of the world and human interaction.
The gusrdagujas company occasionally creates false train stations in remote locations to abandon people when the trains become too crowded. The old man then dissolves in the clear morning air, and only the red speck of the lantern remains visible before the noisily approaching engine.
He has not ever traveled on a train and does not plan on doing so. The horrified stranger, who keeps insisting that he must arrive at destination T the next day, is therefore advised to rent a room in a nearby inn, an ash-colored building resembling a jail where would-be travelers are lodged. 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.
The absurd human is one who recognizes a lack of clear purpose in life and therefore resolves to commit himself or herself to the struggle for order against the unpredictable, fortuitous reality he or she encounters. The switchman then tells a story of certain train rides when the trains arrived at impossible locations.
When the stranger asks the switchman how he knows all of this, the switchman replies that he is a retired switchman who visits train stations to reminisce about old times.
Awareness of the absurd human condition can come at any moment, but it is most likely to happen when, suddenly confronted by the meaninglessness of hectic daily routine, he or she asks the question “Why? The “switchman” tells the stranger that the country is famous for its railroad system; though many timetables and tickets have been produced, the trains do not follow them joee.
His best-known and most anthologized tale, “The Switchman” exemplifies his qrreola for humor, satire, fantasy, and philosophical themes. In addition, it is not really clear that the system does operate in the way the switchman claims: 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.
Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia. The story, first published as “El guardagujas” in Cinco Cuentos inis translated in Confabulario and Other Inventions Camus writes that neither humans alone nor the world by itself is absurd.
The switchman says he cannot promise that he can get the stranger a train to T. Retrieved December 31, from Encyclopedia. Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite this article.
El Guardagujas… de Juan José Arreola
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. The stranger still wishes to travel on his train to T. 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 jjuan this country. The image immediately thereafter of the tiny red lantern swinging back and forth before the onrushing train conveys the story’s principal theme: Modern Language Association http: 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.
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There are aereola rails laid down for a train, but nothing to indicate that a train does indeed pass through this particular station.
In his piece, Arreola focuses on reality as well. As the stranger is very interested in this, the switchman once again encourages the stranger to try his luck, but warns him not to talk to fellow passengers, who may be spies, and to watch out for mirages that the railroad company generates.
The stranger wants to know if a train going to T.