Borges Essays

  • Metaphysics and Tlon Borges

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    Man I am glad that our world is intelligible! Enjoy! In his excerpt of Tlon, Borges speaks about the discovery of a nation called Uqbar and exhibits much interest in it. He attempts to conduct research on it, however, fails miserably and can only find a single encyclopedia that mentions it existence. Some years later, Borges comes across an encyclopedia called the first encyclopedia of Tlon. He becomes fascinated with Tlon and concludes that it was nothing more than a concoction of intellectuals

  • Borges and Bertolucci

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    Borges and Bertolucci There are a number of differences between Bernardo Bertolucci's movie "The Spider Stratagem" and the story on which it is based, Jorge Louis Borges' "The Theme of The Traitor and The Hero;" however, overall Bertolucci does a pretty accurate portrayal of the essence, at least, of Borges' story. Besides changing the "setting" of the plot, there is also much more information relayed in the movie. This is very much due to that the story is simply a suggestive piece, while the

  • Jorge Luis Borges

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    Jorge Luis Borges possesses writing styles unlike others of his time. Through his series of works, he has acquired the title of "the greatest living writer in the Spanish language." The particular example of work that I read, titled "Ficciones," was a definite portrayal of his culture. The book was not merely a list of facts from his birth country; instead the real cultural knowledge came from his writing style. The book consisted of two parts; each part was broken up into stories. Each one, despite

  • The Circular Ruins by Jorge Luis Borges

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    “The Circular Ruins” by Jorge Luis Borges “Green is derived from blue and green will become more brilliant than blue” Chinese Proverb The Chinese have a proverb about the evolution of humanity, and in particular, the nature of intellectual relationships. Although the color green is composed from the color blue, it often shines with a more brilliant luster than its predecessor does. This is a metaphor for the pupil and teacher. The pupil learns knowledge from his teacher, but will outgrow

  • 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

  • Order, Memory, and Anxiety in Borges' Fiction

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    Memory, and Anxiety in Borges' Fiction The fundamental questions of how and why we read have an infinitude of answers, none of which entirely 'do the job', simply because they bear too closely upon the automatic, (and therefore, to us, secret) processes of the mind; the act of reading is too closely related to the act of living in the world for us to comprehend definitively. There are few writers who understand and exploit this primal link more persistently than Jorge Luis Borges. One of the ways

  • Ficciones, by Jorge Luis Borges

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    is necessary to have fantasy, because without it, life would be dull and meaningless. Life would be so different without dreams, since they are what motivate humans to keep on moving forward in order to achieve their goals. This is what Jorge Luis Borges is trying to explain to the reader in the book Ficciones which is very confusing, but also very deep in meaning. These stories demonstrate a theme of reality vs. fiction which is fascinating because in many of the readings fantasy is required at some

  • The Art Of Poetry Jorge Luis Borges

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    Research paper on The art of Poetry (1960) By Jorge Luis Borges In the poem The Art of Poetry, by Jorge Luis Borges, the author describes what poetry is to him, what it represents, and how it makes him feel. Borges was born in Argentina in August of 1899. Even during his infancy in South America, Borges accomplished his first published translation when he was only nine years old. When he was fifteen years old, Borges and his family relocated to Europe and throughout a decade the Argentine experienced

  • The Library Of Babel By Jose Luis Borges

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    we have many theories that could be the reason. For example, Christians believe that God made the world in six days and that we live as his creations, to worship and adore him. Jose Luis Borges likes to conduct thought experiments with his stories and one theme he uses quite often is the nature of reality. Borges created a perplexing universe in “The Library of Babel” that plays with the idea of never being able to grasp certain concepts because of the limit of what one can perceive. In this Library

  • House of Asterion by Luis Borges

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    The life of the ostracized is something widely expressed in Luis Borges “House of Asterion”. The metaphor being Asterion being a prisoner of something without restriction. Asterion explains how he is a (lonely) prisoner of the labyrinths: “Another ridiculous falsehood has it that I, Asterion, am a prisoner. Shall I repeat that there are no locked doors, shall I add that there are no locks?”. It’s almost a metaphor that explains to how when someone is ostracized to the point they feel like they are

  • Latin America, By Jorge Luis Borges

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    America A dark and melodramatic author named Edgar Allan Poe once said in one of his poems, “I became sane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.” This quote from “The Raven” couriers the deep dark meaning to his own life. The author, Jorge Luis Borges, also uses dark lines to express his own life situations. Dark themes are shown throughout Latin American literature to tell a story of the author’s point in life, it also is in need of more time, therefore time was clear throughout human history

  • Death and the Compass by Jorge Luis Borges

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    Vicious Series: Shape and Pattern in Borges Ford Maddox Ford famously thought that an author should open with “the note that suggests the whole book.” In the short story “Death and the Compass,” Borges’ third sentence accomplishes this: “But he did divine,” he writes of his detective-protagonist Erik Lönnrot, “the secret morphology of the vicious series.” Indeed, fixation on shape and form, pattern and symmetry – for conformation – is fundamental to Borges’ story. This is not surprising: After

  • Everyone and No One: Jorge Luis Borges and Shakespeare

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    not sure of anything, I know nothing . . . Can you imagine that I do not even know the date of my death?” (“Borges-Quotations”) The work of Jorge Luis Borges has been the subject of much literary criticism and research. Scholars have spent entire lifetimes attempting to pinpoint the meaning of his works. The fact that many of them use the above quote to do so sums up the enigma of Borges; the quote most likely to be used to explain him cannot be authenticated. In seventy-four short stories, over

  • The Garden Of Forking Paths By Jorge Luis Borges

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    story unfold in their mind's eye and some will stop to examine what they have read. Reader-response criticism is used when a reader decided to stop and try to explain what is going through their mind at certain intervals throughout a story. Jorge Luis Borges story, “The Garden of Forking Paths”, is a complex short story about a military man who travels on a mission that only he knows about. While reading this story many readers must stop and try to unravel the secrecy that is slowly revealed by the main

  • Comparing The Garden On Forking Paths, By J. L. Borges

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    Borges on the Reality of Time As humans, we live in a linear timeline, never getting the chance to redo the past nor jump into the future without going through the present. In his short stories, The Garden on Forking Paths, The Secret Miracle, and Funes the Memorious from the collection Labyrinth, J.L Borges reflects on the nature of time and how the manipulation of the perception of time can play a role in people’s lives. Time, he suggests through these stories, is not as straightforward as people

  • The Gospel According To Mark By Jorge Juis Borges Summary

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    In the short story of “The Gospel According to Mark”, Jorge Luis Borges introduces the readers to controversies to the works of missionaries faced by many civilizations around the world. Borges accomplishes this by accompanying the story with ironic symbols and substantial religious references which allow the readers to connect the story to relevant past events. In this short story, Borges ironically criticizes the effects which various missionaries had on different groups of indigenous people. Amongst

  • The Concept of Infinity and Immeasurability in Jorge Borges' The Library of Babel

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    In the allegory, The Library of Babel, the writer, Jorge Borges metaphorically compares life to a library. Given a muse with such multifarious connotations, Borges explores a variety of themes. However, the theme I found the most obvious and most pervasive was the concept of infinity which goes alongside the concurrent theme of immeasurability. These two themes, the author, seems to see as factual. From the introduction, one starts to see this theme take form: the writer describes the library as

  • Philosophy of Milton in When I Consider how my Light is Spent and Borges in Poema de los dones

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    The Philosophy of Milton in When I Consider how my Light is Spent and Borges in Poema de los dones Jorge Luis Borges espoused a philosophy that "all men are each other" (Stabb 52). His literature frequents the theme by finding the repetition of events that transpire regardless of the person involved. His becoming blind coincided with his appointment as Director of the National Library of Argentina, and he understood this "splendid irony of God" as another wrinkle in the circular repetition of

  • Hope and Desolation in Biographies by Frank Kafka and Jorge Luis Borges

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    creators which are no less popular as their books. Combining the events of both Borges' and Kafka's life in the post world war I era, the stories provide a grim picture of the world but there lies an element of hope that is gradually realized in the end. Characters in Kafka’s story go through life changing events which alter their whole outlook in the system that governs them, some moved, some very hopeful. The protagonist in Borges’ story has a profound experience with a mythical object that changes his

  • The Heroic Adventure in The Garden of Forking Paths, by Jorge Luis Borges

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    Jorge Luis Borge the author of the essay “The garden of forking paths” was born August 1899 and died in June 1986. He was an Argentine poet and short story writer. He was born in Buenos Aires in Argentina. His works shows a reflection of hallucinatory in all literature. His works have contributed to philosophical literature and to both fantasy and magical realism. During his lifetime he wrote so many books amongst which are Ficciones