In the short stories The Circular Ruins and The Secrete Miracle, the reader is lured into a false sense of reality, by impressive detail and accurately described people and places. None of which, at first, appear to be abnormal, fictitious, fantastical, imaginary, or physically impossible. The author provides these precise and realistic descriptions to create a connection between reader and protagonist. In The Circular Ruins, he tells of a solitary man with no clear recollection of his life, yet resolute and determined to a...
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...taphorical Beer-goggles. We believe what we want to believe. We accept what is comfortable as is, and anything else we disregard as false and or imaginary. Borges' stories are masterfully written to capture this particular aspect of the human character. whether it be a simple defense mechanism, a genius cerebral accomplishment passed down through evolution, or our greatest weakness, a self-induced, self-created mental heroin, or an odd combination of the three, it reflects our dreams, and gives us a sense of reality acceptable to us. And, thus, we can move in this world each day, we get out of bed, dress ourselves, carry on what is now a pathetic excuse for existence, because we have those dreams, that will come true, that will bring satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment. What privilege we have, to, at any time, be able to substitute our Hell for our Heaven...
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