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In some ways I guess you could say that this story shares many themes with a lot of the work of Julio Cortazar: it comments on life and urges us to make the most of it, and helps us to recognise our own infinite mortality. In some ways, you could say that this is a kind of "seize the day" work of fiction, because it encourages us to live life to the fullest.
Various themes can be found in this story such as:
1) Man is not such an infinite creature after all.
2) Life itself is so precious that it must be lived to its fullest.
3) When we look at other people and things, we are really looking back upon ourselves.
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