The world is made of many things that we can never explain. Perhaps science took all the chance to discover it but not all things can be easily discovered nor traced. Some aspects of life and this world may remain unknown to all of us and this mystery makes us live a better and wonderful life. It is not the truth which makes this life magnificent but the mystery that envelops each passing day. Eagerness to know what lies ahead for us after an astonishing but fateful day makes each moment significant, memorable, and electrifying. The absences of time in the world we build unknowingly within ourselves bring us into a different world made of fantasies and with the freedom to do what you wanted to.
The Author and the Work
Jorge Luis Borges’s stories are different among the stories which were known all over the world. Perhaps it is because he made sure that there is the presence of something unknown in his stories that the people would have to figure out. Ideally, his works were example of puzzles which must be given attention so that each piece will be placed nicely along the other to form a better visual presentation. Hence, in this case, he chose to draw the universe he looked for through reading ancient articles through words and the people reading it would paint another picture in their mind and join him in his universe. In his book, he made sure that the readers will go with him in that world and begin building another universe.
The Garden of the Forking Paths
Considering this story as the basis of knowing the reason why Jorge Luis Borges writes this way, we will easily understand that he tend not to care about limitations especially when it comes to time. In his world, the metaphysical one allowed him to form a universe of his own, talk about it and make several stories out of it. Perhaps it s because he believes that there is something out there that we can never understand but in a journey, one might encounter the answers.
Implied as it is, no one could understand that it was the book and what was written in the book which serves as the labyrinth and so the tall old man needed to explain further what it is. In this case, they way he tried to explain this event enabled the reader to have a grasped of what the author was trying to say. The intertwining events in the book of his great grandfather refers to the great possibilities in our lives, perhaps the choices which we ca always make.
Focusing in the story and figuring out how it was able to describe the way Jorge Luis Borges writes his story, we would know that almost all of his stories have the same themes and the mostly used one is the choice of path. While we live our lives the way we want to, there are several incidents in our everyday adventure which allows us to choose things and decisions. Hence, this is what is being talked about in the story, the choice and the choices which we can make.
The Circular Ruins
While this one talks about a man who spends his time dreaming most of the time and later on came to the realization that he was actually portraying himself as the student, the author is making illusions to make the story line acceptable and to have a twist. For this second story, again, Jorge Luis Borges tried his best to lead the readers into another world, a different one and again it is the way of escaping reality which became his theme.
Reading a Jorge Luis Borges story although short is a challenge. Perhaps three times if reading the same story, one will slowly has a grasp of the message it holds. The brilliance of the author enabled him to have all the abilities to take his reader to the unknown world and soon form another one. The ideas and the themes which were placed in his stories fall into one message which is a result of several intertwining messages and themes.
The Garden of the Forking Paths, in general talked about decisions and choice while The Circular Ruins lead us to the idea of escaping reality. Although we have two different themes we will end up into a single one which might be able to describe Jorge Luis Borges’ works and his technique.
The labyrinths which probably the main symbolism used in the whole book although not stated carried out the message. The first story we analyzed directly hit the theme while the second one supported the general themes. As we use these words together, we will understand that we end up in the escape-universe-decisions theme which if applied in life depicts our daily routines.
The author’s way is to form a world through his stories and this world which somehow manifests escape enables him to make decisions many times and because of the creativity of the mind, he is able to change his destiny. Applying this into real life, the formation of another universe, another world makes the people escape from the threat of the life we have and for so many times and instances, this allows us to go back to our pasts and form decisions way different from what we had but this does not allow us to completely change pasts because it is only an imaginary world. Hence, the escape somehow makes us relieved but at the same time makes us realize about things in our life which in return gives us lessons.
Jorge Luis Borges’ way of writing and his reason why he chose to create a metaphysical manifestation of human life is a way of telling more about life which our naked eyes can never see. The labyrinths which ends were never visible to anyone us the same as the decisions we make in our lives.
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