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In Jorge Luis Borges’s short story The Immortal, Joseph Cartaphilis, a rare book dealer, goes on a quest to find a river that resided near the City of the Immortals who did not believe in the idea of the City, but said the journey was enough for him. He figured out the truth behind the so called Immortal City, he realized that they had lived their lives without any concept of what layed beyond them. They based everything they knew off of thought and speculation. Joseph realizes that immortality is is knowing that it is impossible to know everything. The downfall of man is “to know oneself immortal” (Borges, 191).

In Jorge Luis Borges’s short story The Immortal, Joseph Cartaphilis, a rare book dealer, goes on a quest to find a river that resided near the City of the Immortals who did not believe in the idea of the City, but said the journey was enough for him. He figured out the truth behind the so called Immortal City, he realized that they had lived their lives without any concept of what layed beyond them. They based everything they knew off of thought and speculation. Joseph realizes that immortality is is knowing that it is impossible to know everything. The downfall of man is “to know oneself immortal” (Borges, 191).

In this short story Jorge Borges wries about a library containing an endless amount of books however; this is not the strangest part of the library. The hexagonal shape in which Borges describes in great deal is interesting. He made a point to describe the significance of each wall and why it exists. He then shows the impossibility of truly being able to discover one’s self because we cannot contain all of our experiences, and memories therefore we do not have the capacity to truly grasp who we are because we cannot obtain or hold the entirety of ourselves.

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