I'm reading "The House of Asterion" by Jorge Luis Borges and I have a question about the effect and significance of the point of view in the story. 

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Borges uses point of view to enhance the similarity of his story to the labyrinth it describes. Like the narrator of many Edgar Allan Poe stories (“The Tell-Tale Heart,” for instance), this narrator addresses the reader directly, as if confiding in us; he also seems to be perhaps mentally unbalanced, or, at best, obsessed with his life in the labyrinth. It is the nature of this life that interests Borges. The narrator declares that his house has “fourteen” doors (a “footnote“ suggests paradoxically that “14” might mean infinity), that are open all the time; anyone may come or go as they please, including himself (he calls the idea that he might be a prisoner “a ridiculous falsehood”). He insists that his house is unique in all that world, and that he himself is also unique. For this reason he “is not interested in what one man may transmit to other men“—he is a singular individual, whose only real companion is an imaginary second version of himself. There is a...

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