Kshitiz D


In his short story “Aleph”, Borges encounters an Aleph, the point where all the places of the world coexist and can be seen from every angle. By showing that everything in the world can coexist in a small place, Borges is attempting to prove that everything is an illusion created by our memory and the language we use. And, showing that our minds are permeable to forgetfulness he tries to express his opinion that we cannot understand who we are because of our forgetfulness.

Through the story “The Other” , Borges shows that we are changing every second and no one cannot remain the same throughout. The young Borges and the old Borges had different perceptions and different tastes. So, Borges might be trying to say that we are constantly being shaped by the contingencies of life. The story also attempts to show that old age and death, dreams and life, the flow of time and water, these all may be the illusions created by our imaginations. This story also expresses Borges’s opinion in “Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius” thatwhile we sleep here, we are awake somewhere else, so that every man is in fact two men. Similarly, this story also supports the theme of his another short story “Circular Ruins” that we all are trapped in the circular ruins, each one being the dreams of another.

Through this short story “Borges and I”, Borges seems to be attempting to show that he is different from the writer Borges i.e the writer Borges is a separate personality. There may be some similarity between the writer and his real self, but he says he cannot identify with the writer and he doesn’t find any self-identity in the writings of ‘Borges’. He says that he recognizes himself more in other books than in the books Borges writes. He denies that the fame of Borges’s books has given him eternal existence i.e he doesn’t believe that he will survive in the writings of Borges. So, the story basically tries to show that the writer Borges and the person Borges are two separate personalities.

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