The Heroic Adventure In The Garden Of Forking Paths, By Jorge Luis Borges

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Jorge Luis Borge the author of the essay “The garden of forking paths” was born August
1899 and died in June 1986. He was an Argentine poet and short story writer. He was
born in Buenos Aires in Argentina. His works shows a reflection of hallucinatory in all literature.
His works have contributed to philosophical literature and to both fantasy and magical realism.
During his lifetime he wrote so many books amongst which are Ficciones, Aleph and of course
this particular piece, “The Garden of Forking Paths.” It is a story about controlling, unleashing
and gathering survival techniques by getting and practicalizing ideas in the real world and
imagination. Though the story began in a way that is more confusing but reading through it
demonstrated a clear case of an indirect heroic adventure.
The main character Tsun demonstrated the qualities of an hero who was ready to give up
his existence for others to live. His last minutes could actually be used for his selfish interest
but he never did. He decided to give up his life in other to prove his point. Depending on
different individuals. The word hero has different meanings in different settings but in a way all
heroes possess certain qualities which make them different from an ordinary person. Heroes are
people who exhibit courage and bravery acts in other to make a difference. A person who
has distinguished character or ability that makes him different from an ordinary being. The
process is not for financial gain or for selfish act but for others to benefit from it. Overcoming
problem are the only qualifying credential of heroes and the qualifying criteria of being a leader.
Joseph Campbell described an hero as “someone who has given his or her life to
something bigger than oneself.” In other words an hero has to be brave and courageous to give
up his existence for others to benefit from it. All stories consist of few common structure found
universally in myths, tales and movies. They are generally known as the hero’s journey. The
ability to be able to critically analyze it is what is needed when trying to introduce the hero’s
journey into a story like this. Joseph Campbell described the journey of an hero as occurring in
a cycle consisting of three stages from departure where the hero leaves his comfort and enters
the world of the unknown. The second stage which he called the initiation phase where the
hero is subjected to a series of examinations where he must prove himself. The last phase
which is the return where the hero brings the ...

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