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The Switchman

When he asks if the train has left, the old man wonders if the traveler has been in the country very long and advises him to find lodging at the local inn for at least a month.

He has not ever traveled on a train and does not plan on doing so. 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. Modern Language Association http: Write a customer review.

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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. 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.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Briefly summarized, “The Switchman” portrays a stranger guardagujaa with a heavy suitcase who arrives at a deserted station at the exact time his train is supposed to leave. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Suddenly, a train approaches and the switchman begins to signal it. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.

Like most of Arreola’s stories, The Switchman’ can be interpreted in a variety fuardagujas 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.


Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. The switchman turns to tell the stranger that he is lucky.

Related Video Shorts 0 Upload your video. 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. Camus writes that neither humans alone nor the world by itself is absurd. His best-known and most anthologized tale, “The Switchman” exemplifies his taste for humor, satire, fantasy, and philosophical themes.

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The stranger argues that he should be able to go to T. From the first lines of “The Switchman” the stranger stands out as a man of reason, fully expecting that, because he has a ticket to T, the train will take him there on time.

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

Guuardagujas the guardaggujas lines of Arreola’s story the assertion of the stranger now referred to as the traveler that he is going to X rather than T indicates that he has become an absurd man guardaugjas to set out for an unknown destination. Petra Ediciones June 30, Language: Learn more about citation styles Citation styles Encyclopedia. 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 the world.

But upon inquiring again where the stranger wants to go, the switchman receives the answer X instead of T. 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.

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The Switchman On one level the story guardagyjas as a satire on the Mexican transportation system, while on another the railroad is an analogy for the hopeless absurdity of the human condition. Retrieved from ” https: 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. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion.

The image immediately thereafter of the tiny red lantern swinging back and forth before the onrushing train conveys the story’s principal theme: There’s a problem loading this menu right now. The switchman then relates a series of preposterous anecdotes, alluded to below, that illustrate the problems one might encounter during any given journey. 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 guardgujas the other side in order to complete their journey.

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