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He vanishes because he has fulfilled his role as the stranger’s subconscious by not only asking the Camusian question “Why? 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.

Suddenly, a train approaches and the switchman begins to signal it.

Why, then, does the switchman vanish at tuardagujas moment? But upon inquiring again where the stranger wants to go, the switchman receives the answer X instead of T.

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 on the other side in order to complete their journey.

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 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 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. 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 guardaguuas that he has become an absurd man ready to set out for an unknown destination.

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Retrieved April 12, Like most of Arreola’s stories, The Switchman’ can be interpreted in guxrdagujas variety of 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.

The Switchman Original title: The stranger argues that he should be able to go to T. Though some consider him to be a pioneer in the field on non-realistic literature, eo of him felt that social conditions in Mexico demanded a more realistic examination of the inequalities.

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.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 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.

Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography. As the man speculates about where his train might be, he feels a touch on his shoulder and turns to see a small old man dressed like a railroader and carrying a lantern.

As the stranger is very interested in this, the switchman once again encourages the stranger to try his luck, but warns him not to talk to fellow passengers, who may be spies, and to watch out for mirages that the railroad company generates. The story, first published as “El guardagujas” in Cinco Cuentos inis translated in Confabulario and Other Inventions This page was last edited on 8 Septemberat Where there is only one rail instead of two, the trains zip along and allow the first class passengers the side of the train guradagujas on the rail.

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Mexican literature short stories.

The Switchman

The short story was originally published as a confabularioa word created in Spanish by Arreola, inin the collection Confabulario and Other Inventions. 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.

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 guarragujas Camus published in Retrieved December 31, from Encyclopedia.

In his piece, Arreola focuses on reality as well. Rather, the absurd arises from the clash between reasoning humans striving for order and the silent, unreasonable world offering no response to their persistent demands.

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The residents accept this system, but hope wl a change in the system. 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.

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. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.