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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De libros se trata. The switchman explains how the railroad company thinks of their railway system. Girl Genius for Monday, December 31, A lei de Lem.

In the final 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 ready to set out for an guqrdagujas destination. 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.

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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. Diario de un adicto a la lectura. As demonstrated by its numerous interpretations, “The Switchman” is fraught with ambiguity. He does not understand why the stranger insists on going to T.

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.

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. En otras palabras, al subir a un tren, nadie espera ser conducido al sitio que desea.


The stranger argues that guardaguas should be able to go to T. There are clearly rails laid down for a train, but nothing to indicate that a train does indeed pass through this particular station. Nuevos versos y canciones, de Arthur Rimbaud. El derecho a Ser. The railroad management was so pleased that they decided to suspend any official bridge building and instead encourage the stripping and recreation of future trains.

In their view, their elaborate system, which includes accommodations for years-long trips and even for deaths, is very good. As the man speculates about where his train might be, he feels a touch on his shoulder and turns to see a small old guardqgujas dressed like a railroader and carrying guardaggujas lantern.

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.

Pero ellos se dan cuenta en seguida de todos los sentidos que puede tener una frase, por sencilla que sea. Suba usted al tren con la idea fija de que va a llegar a T.

The stranger is very confused; he has no plans to stay. Como usted puede darse cuenta, los rieles existen, aunque un tanto averiados. 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? Views Read Edit View history.

The Switchman

Hay estaciones que son pura apariencia: Hay quien ha gastado en boletos una verdadera fortuna Debo hallarme en T. Grodek, de Georg Trakl.

And the conductors’ pride in never failing to deposit their deceased passengers juqn the station platforms as prescribed by their tickets suggests that the only certain human destination is death, a fundamental absurdist concept. Pero los viajeros me cuentan historias. This page was last edited on 8 Septemberat Art Pepper en el Maiden Voyage de From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


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

Learn more about citation styles Citation styles Encyclopedia. Retrieved December 31, from Encyclopedia. The railroad company occasionally creates false train stations in remote locations to abandon people when the trains become too crowded.

Josr asks the stranger for the name of the station he wants to go to and the stranger says it is “X. 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.

Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list. Notas para lectores curiosos. Three years later Arreola received a scholarship to uose in Paris, where he may well have read these highly acclaimed essays. Compran un boleto para ir a T. No trate a ninguno de los pasajeros. Retrieved from ” https: 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 guardgujas “will indeed take on some direction.