Alexandra B


In Borges’s story, “The Aleph,” we read of an Aleph which is a point in space that contains all other points. It is where every part of the world exists at the same time and it can never be seen. This is a hard concept to understand because it is similar to the idea of infinity. It is not possible for someone to experience every part of the world at the same time. Borges tries to prove that within our memory we can create a reality yet our language will not allow us to hold all of the information that exists in the entire world. Though in the story Borges states that he experiences the Aleph, at the end of the story he is not sure if he will retain that knowledge because our minds are forgetful permeable. This idea is a way to describe the reality that we live in, or that fact that there is no way to describe that reality.

In the short story “Borges and I,” we read of Borges the writer and Borges the man of action. The author of the story, Jorge Luis Borges, tries to convey two sides of the self. In order for one of the Borges’ to write, the other must “allow himself to live, so that Borges [, the writer,] can spin out his literature.” We then read that the Borges, man of action, knows that because he has turned everything over to Borges, the writer, through language his life story becomes distorted and magnified. The author then concludes by saying that he is not sure which Borges is writing this story. It takes both of them to write because without both sides of the self writing it would be impossible to write a logical paragraph.

In the short story “The Immortal,” Borges addresses the idea of being immortal and the idea that time no longer has any relevance. Immortality becomes an irrational way of life because without death and without a concept of time, life will no longer have a purpose. Borges discusses that the life of an immortal is built on the past and future whereas the life or a mortal is based on the present. With this concept Borges expresses that the life of immortals is aimless as the search for one’s self is meaningless because one’s life is eternal. Yet the life of a mortal has meaning, and the search for one’s self has a purpose.

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