EL GUARDAGUJAS DE JUAN JOSE ARREOLA PDF

: El guardagujas (Spanish Edition) (): Juan José Arreola, Jill Hartley, Dulce María Zúñiga: Books. http://www. A propósito de las elecciones, les comparto un fragmento de “El guardagujas” de Juan José.

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In their view, their elaborate system, which includes accommodations for years-long trips and even for deaths, is very good. Retrieved April 12, 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.

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

El Guardagujas (Fragmento)) Juan José Arreola

And 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. 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 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 railroad company occasionally creates false train stations in remote locations to abandon people when the trains become too crowded. He has not ever traveled on a train and does not plan on doing so.

His best-known and most anthologized tale, “The Switchman” exemplifies his taste jua humor, satire, fantasy, and philosophical themes. Views Read Guardagujzs View history. The residents accept this system, but hope for a change in the system. 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. 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.

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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. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 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 well. The Switchman On one level the story operates as a satire on the Mexican transportation system, while on another the railroad is an analogy for the hopeless absurdity of the human condition.

In his piece, Arreola focuses on reality as well.

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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. This page was last edited on 8 Septemberat The image immediately thereafter of the tiny red lantern swinging back and forth before the onrushing train conveys the story’s principal theme: Instead, they resembled the work of writers like Franz Kafka and Albert Camus and their examination of the human condition.

Mexican literature short stories. Camus writes that neither humans alone nor the world by itself is absurd.

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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 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.

But upon inquiring again where the stranger wants to go, the switchman receives the answer X instead of T. The stranger is very confused; he has no plans to stay. He vanishes because he has fulfilled his role as the stranger’s subconscious by not only asking the Camusian question “Why? 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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Learn more about citation styles Citation styles Encyclopedia. The short story was originally published as a confabularioa word created in Spanish by Arreola, inin the collection Confabulario and Other Inventions. 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 switchman then relates a series of preposterous anecdotes, alluded to below, that illustrate the problems one might encounter during any given journey.

Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list. 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 unknown destination. 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 stranger wants to know if a train going to T. Retrieved from ” https: Retrieved December 31, from Encyclopedia. Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite gardagujas article. The switchman explains how the railroad company thinks of their railway system.