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In his piece, Arreola focuses on reality as well.

A stranger carrying a large suitcase runs towards a train station, and manages to arrive exactly at the time that his train bound for a town identified only as T. 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?

Camus writes that neither humans alone nor the world by itself is absurd.

Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography. 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. Mexican literature short stories. 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

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The switchman turns to tell the stranger that he is lucky. 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.

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 upon inquiring again where the stranger wants to go, the switchman receives the answer X instead of T. Retrieved April guqrdagujas, 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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The Switchman (El Guardagujas) by Juan José Arreola, |

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. 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.

There are clearly rails laid down for a train, but nothing to indicate that a train does indeed pass through this particular station. Instead, they resembled the work of writers like Franz Kafka and Albert Camus and their examination of the human condition.

As the stranger is very interested in this, the switchman once again encourages the stranger to try his luck, but warns him not to guardaujas to fellow passengers, who may be spies, and to watch out for mirages that the railroad company generates. The Switchman Original title: 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.

It seems that, although an elaborate network of railroads has been planned and partially completed, the service is highly unreliable. 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.

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He does not understand why the stranger insists on going to T. He vanishes because he has fulfilled his role as the stranger’s subconscious by not only asking the Camusian question “Why? 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.

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 Mexican modifications.

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The stranger is very confused; he has no plans to stay. His best-known and most anthologized tale, “The Switchman” exemplifies his taste for humor, satire, fantasy, and philosophical themes. The switchman then tells a story of certain train rides when the trains arrived at impossible locations. This page was last edited on 8 Septemberat The switchman explains how the railroad company thinks of their guardaagujas system.

In some cases, new towns, gardagujas the town of F.