Andrew K


In the short story The Aleph Jorge Luis Borges visits the house of Beatriz Viterbo every day on her birthday, since the day that she died. Every day he goes to the house he talks and eats with her family. Carlos Argentino begins to read much of his poetry where he praises it and then discusses it. One day the concept of The Aleph came up, a manuscript which would encompass all knowledge. They discuss whether or not the concept of The Aleph is possible. He comes to the conclusion that it is no as it not possible for man to accumulate all knowledge and that the pursuit to know everything is one that will never be fulfilled. Man can never know everything and shoud accept that human knowledge is limited to a point. We will never have all the answers to all the questions that man will pose.

In the shorty story, the Other, Jorge Luis Borges refers to an encounter he had with his formal self and their conversation on a park bench. The older Borges details out his life to the younger version of himself, letting him know what will happen to his family and what has happened to him with his personal life. He discusses through his encounter with his formal self, that man is in a constant state of change. He says “yesterday’s man is not today’s” in reference to the fact that as one ages and gains knowledge they change and grow into a different person, so we are never the same person at any point in time. Borges discusses this idea by recounting what his formal self is going to do and what is going to happen to his family to help track the change that will occur within himself.

In Jorge Luis Borges short story, The Immortal, Borges depicts a man in search of the city of immortals and to find immortality for himself. The man hires soldiers to accompany him to the river where he can attain immortality. the troops plan a mutiny against the man in charge but he is able to escape. The man continues his search on his own where he comes to a passage in the mountain which leads to an abandoned city where he quickly move son form but later realizes it is in fact the city of the immortals. The dream of immortality for the man was, once attained, was in fact a curse for him. As he discusses how the immortals are searching for another river to drink from which will cure them of their own immortality. The immortals themselves were in a state of “perfect quietude” capable of being silent and in complete thought. Immortality is not a reasonable idea as without death the overall purpose of life is non-existent.

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