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Jorge Luis Borges

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

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...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2018 2:21 pm UTC

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Jorge Luis Borges

What is the tone of "Utopia of a Tired Man"?

In this story, the narrator has traveled thousands of years into the future. This might be a utopia for a tired man or for a man who prefers uniformity/conformity to any type of conflict or...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2015 8:44 pm UTC

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Jorge Luis Borges

How does the concept of the labyrinth fit into “The Garden of the Forking Paths"?

Intriguing question! Borges's story is at its heart a labyrinthine enigma. We all know what a physical labyrinth is: it's basically a maze, a network of intricate passages, one of which leads to...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2017 2:42 pm UTC

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Jorge Luis Borges

In "Emma Zunz," how does magical realism fit into the themes of the story (e.g., power, revenge, and justice)?    

If there is indeed something magical about the realism of "Emma Zunz," it derives partly from the seeming perfection with which Emma carries out her plot to avenge her father's death. On the night...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2019 9:52 pm UTC

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Jorge Luis Borges

Write a reader response journal about "Borges and I" and "The Cicular Ruins" by Jorge Luis Borges, focusing on the...

Reader response is a form of literary criticism in which your experience as a reader is more important than the contents of the text that you are analyzing. With this in mind, you should focus on...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2020 6:24 pm UTC

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Can the term “postcolonial” be legitimately applied to Latin American literature such as "The Music Box" by Jorge...

Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges (1899 – 1986) was an Argentine novelist. As his name illustrates, he is descended from the Spaniards that invaded and conquered Argentina. During the period from...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2015 4:12 am UTC

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Jorge Luis Borges

What does the poem "The Enigmas" have to do with post/colonialism?

Given everything that is known about the late Argentine writer and poet Jorge Luis Borges, and much is known of this esteemed individual due in no small part to his interviews with such literary...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2015 10:32 pm UTC

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What are the similarities and contrasts between Borges and Gabriel Garcia Marques?

Jorge Luis Borges and Gabriel García Márquez are both European American, male, 20th-century South American authors who wrote fiction and other genres. Borges was older and was from Argentina, in...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2019 11:47 pm UTC

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