Andre L


In the short story Aleph, Jorge Luis Borges creates a situation when a person can look at an Aleph, a point in space that contains all other points, and see everything in the universe. Although symbolically important, such an object will never exist in reality because people become too absorbed in their individual environment. Never fully keeping up with the changing world, humans limit themselves by taking only a small step back from their immediate surroundings to better perceive larger scale world that is out there. Conclusively, the idea of a fully encompassing object, Borges’s Aleph, could allow the human race to make great advancements in all aspects of society while the existing limitation of thinking exclusively about oneself, the individual, is a societal “dead weight”.

In the fictional pieces Borges and I and The Other, Jorge Luis Borges explores the theory of multiple selves. Drawing light on this topic, he suggests that in every human life there is a cycle of the selves. An often occurrence in this cycle is leaving one’s old self to develop a better suited new self the match the contingencies of reality. While selves can be very distant, they can also simultaneously overlap. Through the theory of improvement and Borges’s description of the self one can conclude that the complexities that human life embodies can only be expressed by many parts more commonly known as one’s multiple selves.

In The Immortal, Jorge Luis Borges suggests that memory and all else may fade away, but words shall always endure. The confirmation of language as the backbone of society is comforting when one finds themselves unable to visualize ideas without words. Furthermore, the productive alternative language offers makes it possible to clear the haze sometimes associated with memories. Additionally, through the use of the metaphor, Borges accurately compares words to life. Life and vocabulary are identical in that they adapt to the ever-changing environment, while also affecting each life (and vocabulary) which follows. In time, words are improved, memories are lost, but the fact that new language is constantly adopted demonstrates society’s healthy obsession with efficiency.

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