Wed 29 Nov 2006
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).