garden of forking paths

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Jorge Luis Borges, author of Ficciones, is known for his profound intellect of fantasy and creation of labyrinths through his works and writings. Readers often experience a journey through his complex mind, but the way that he achieves this is through his unique and carefully crafted frameworks that include reoccurring motifs and symbols. One of his seventeen short stories is a narrative of a Chinese spy of the German army named Yu Tsun, who is trying to send a message within a limited time interval. “The Garden of Forking Paths” shows conventional ways of telling a spy story; however Borges disguises the actual philosophical story with its conventional techniques. The story itself is nothing like the predictable story due to the fact that the structure of the story and the characters face mazes in different forms. What makes “The Garden of Forking Paths” so distinctive are Borges’ writing qualities through the motifs, primarily labyrinths and time and his framework of the story. Borges is quite the intellect; it would be unusual for him to follow the conventions of the traditional story. He disguises the story as detective story. From the beginning to the end Borges tries to play games with the readers by predicting their predictions. When Yu Tsun is constructing his plan he finds that there is only one bullet that is left in his revolver. As a result the readers would guess that the last bullet is for Captain Richard Madden, however it is actually used to kill one man with the name of the city (Albert) to send a message. This way he is able to deceive his readers into thinking there is structure once again .Another twist that Borges includes is the series of events that happen at Dr. Stephen Albert’s house. The story behind Th... ... middle of paper ... ...the readers to understand the different viewpoints on the philosophy of time. The structure of the story is constructed to be complex and unpredictable. Borges incorporates labyrinths; and one labyrinth that becomes an allegory for time. Borges states that “The Garden of Forking Paths” is about “A crime whose purpose will not be unknown to them [readers], but which they will not understand…until the last paragraph” (Borges 15). Through the analysis of the story it is evident that there is a vast amount of information that is revealed at the very end of the story, information that becomes interconnected to every detail of the story which mimics the labyrinth of The Garden of Forking Paths. Borges’ brilliance in his use of the labyrinth and idea of time, which are used within his developed framework, demonstrates the complexity of his mind and unique narrative skills.
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