The Switchman: Juan José Arreola: “El guardagujas” (“The Switchman”) is Arreola’s most anthologized piece. It is without question his most representative. 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. http://www.

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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 illusive nature of reality, and as an existentialist view of life with Mexican modifications.

His best-known and most anthologized tale, “The Switchman” exemplifies his taste for humor, satire, fantasy, and philosophical gyardagujas. The stranger argues that he should be able to go to T.

The old man then dissolves in gguardagujas clear morning air, and only the red speck of the lantern remains visible before the noisily approaching engine. 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.

The switchman then tells a story of certain train rides when the trains arrived at impossible locations. 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.

Diario de un adicto a la lectura. Los viajeros pasaron tanto tiempo, que de las obligadas conversaciones triviales surgieron amistades estrechas. The stranger is very confused; he has no plans to stay.


Yo debo llegar a T. Print this article Print all entries for gjardagujas topic Cite this article. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list. DscnTxt Editores, Santiago de Chile, He asks the stranger for the name of the station he wants to go to and the stranger says it is “X. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

The Switchman

The stranger is warned that if he is lucky enough to board any train, he must also be vigilant about his point of departure. De libros se trata. Suscribirse a Entradas Atom. 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.

From the first lines of “The Switchman” the stranger stands out as a huan of reason, fully expecting that, because he has a ticket to T, the train will take him there on time. This page was last edited on 8 Septemberat Dioses, tumbas y sabios, de C. Una vez que los viajeros se hallan a cierta distancia, el tren escapa a todo vapor.

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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 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 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.


Blogger Templates by Blog and Web. He has not ever traveled on a train and does not plan on doing so.

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Notas para lectores curiosos. The image immediately thereafter of the tiny red lantern swinging back and forth before the onrushing train conveys the story’s principal theme: A lei de Lem. Paisaje de invierno, de John Berryman. Punt de Llibre Convocatorias.

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. Otras Voces, Otras Lecturas. Thus, the stranger’s heavy suitcase symbolizes the burden of reason he carries about, and the inn resembles a jail, josf place where others like him are lodged before setting out on life’s absurd journey.

De los hombres y de las moscas. No crea que faltan ocasiones para que los viajeros demuestren su valor y sus capacidades de sacrificio.