Wed 6 Dec 2006
In the short story “the Aleph”, Jorge Luis Borges depicts a man who revisits the house of a woman he loved every year. In this process he “Borges” comes across her cousin who seems to be writing a poem that is metaphoric of the universe. As the man attempts to give proof to his mediocre poetry that Borges comes across the idea of the Aleph. The Aleph is metaphoric for the opportunity if granted infinity of viewing the universe, could we possibly know everything? The Aleph is symbolic for the co-existence of everything in the universe at the same time. The entity of knowledge rests within it. When Borges comes out from looking at this Aleph everything in the world is familiar to him. But what the real message is, is that Borges quickly forgets most of it. Ultimately, if the entity of all knowledge were obtainable to we, as humans could still not find our own identities, as we will always have the capacity to forget the exact images of our own experiences. He uses metaphor and language in particular to create certain false impression to trick the viewer into thinking it’s a reality. We see this later proved by Borges when his memories fade. We cannot simply prove the idea that our universe co-exists, forgetting all time and place because our own forms of memory and language falsify this hypothesis.