Ficciones, By Jorge Luis Borges Essay

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In life it is necessary to have fantasy, because without it, life would be dull and meaningless. Life would be so different without dreams, since they are what motivate humans to keep on moving forward in order to achieve their goals. This is what Jorge Luis Borges is trying to explain to the reader in the book Ficciones which is very confusing, but also very deep in meaning. These stories demonstrate a theme of reality vs. fiction which is fascinating because in many of the readings fantasy is required at some point to accomplish a purpose or goal. Each unique story hides a meaning in the text which is a lesson to be learned. The confusion that is caused is similar to a labyrinth in which the reader gets lost. The message is hidden within the story so; it causes confusion to the reader. Events in the story suggest that the story is fiction, because most of the stories have existent scenery. The timing in some stories is from an event or tragedy that has occurred around that date. The reader realizes later on in the stories that unrealistic events began to occur which are impossible to take place in real life. This is when our minds become entangled with facts from our world and others form the impossible.
In the short stories The Circular Ruins and The Secrete Miracle, the reader is lured into a false sense of reality, by impressive detail and accurately described people and places. None of which, at first, appear to be abnormal, fictitious, fantastical, imaginary, or physically impossible. The author provides these precise and realistic descriptions to create a connection between reader and protagonist. In The Circular Ruins, he tells of a solitary man with no clear recollection of his life, yet resolute and determined to accomplish his goal. Many individuals have let themselves be so wrapped in their goals, that anything outside of that loses all meaning. Reality becomes so insignificant to even remember. Hladik, protagonist of The Secrete Miracle, is a man bound to be persecuted on account of his ethnicity and political ideals. Similar to the United States, a country where so many cultures and backgrounds are crammed together, where at one point or another, the feeling of oppression or, at the very least, discrimination is sensed by many. Once the reader understands that the protagonists is human, and suffers, cries, laughs, hungers, loves like them, the bait is taken and comparison occurs between the readers real lives with the very realistic lives of those in the stories. A man determined to accomplish, another locked away at a Nazi camp awaiting execution the readers, wrapped in a comfortable cocoon. The events in the stories force the reader to make a connection with the protagonist and with the experiences they are going through.
In the struggle to accomplish, the Nameless man, from that unknown country, whose language is untainted by Greek, the reader is thrust into a realization of sorts. In the opening of the story the reader...

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