The Garden of Forking Paths
The Garden of Forking Paths Themes
Little Words, Big Ideas
A great deal of this story is devoted to creating a spatial metaphor for time. In other words, Borges is trying to take an abstract, non-visual idea – time – and make a visual model for it. In...
Literature and Writing
One of the most confusing and most enriching aspects of "The Garden of Forking Paths" is the way Borges includes excerpts from and references to other texts within the text of the story – in othe...
Fate and Free Will
From the opening paragraph of Yu Tsun's narrative and his frequent use of the word "implacable," we get the impression that he's a big believer in fate. He searches for omens and signs, regards his...
In any spy story, you can bet that the topic of betrayal is going to come up. Here we're not just dealing with the frivolous matters of double agents and two-faced femme fatales. Passions run much,...
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