Blindness Borges

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In the essay, “Blindness”, Jorge Luis Borges writes to explain the good that came of his blindness; an opportunity that arose from tragedy. Though his primary audience is for those who are not blind, or don’t have personal experience with the ‘disability’, his purpose is to share his experiences and feeling with others. He wants to try to break the typical stereotypes of a blind person. Another purpose for the essay is to share his love for literacy. Jorge does this through personal stories and a walkthrough of his gradual loss of sight, till completely blind. In a predominantly candid tone, he communicates to the reader that he has grown much through his new way of perceiving things, no matter his disability.
Jorge uses his emotions and personal life to explain the outcome of his gradual blindness. He overcomes his blindness and a reason
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“Everything that happens, including humiliation, embarrassments, misfortunes, all has been given like clay, like material for one’s art.” (pg.385) All the events in one’s life make one grow, die, or simply create memories. Jorge could be said to be losing his sight, and dying little by little. On the other hand, he could be said to have grown in things such as passion, writing, memory, gratefulness, history, the truth, To him, sight was a distraction.
In a nutshell, Blindness, is a well composed essay in which it uses ethos, pathos, and logos to show and explain the new way that Jorge Luis Borges perceives everything. He is no longer only Jorge, but he is Homer, Rudolf, Milton, and so many other people. He has learned so much from blind poets or poets who are able to see, he is a historian, a writer, and can see so much better than anyone with perfect 20/20 vision. He has written essays that will forever be remembered and earned many prizes. In the end of his career, the thing he’d like to be remember as is the blind library
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