* Site-Outage Notice: Our engineering elves will be tweaking the Shmoop site from Monday, December 22 10:00 PM PST to Tuesday, December 23 5:00 AM PST. The site will be unavailable during this time.
Dismiss
© 2014 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
The Library of Babel

The Library of Babel

by Jorge Luis Borges

Analysis: Steaminess Rating

Exactly how steamy is this story?

G

Yeah, we know, we like the whole "sexy librarian" look, too. But trust us, that's not what this story is about. Our narrator is a fairly old dude with other things on his mind. In fact, it's difficult to imagine how the inhabitants of the Library reproduce, since the only mention of a woman occurs in the final footnote of the story. Should we attribute the narrator's frequent use of the word "men" to mean "humankind" as a sign of the more sexist time period in which this story was written? Or should we assume that this imaginary world really is populated almost exclusively by men? Hey, at least that would explain why the human race is dying out.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...

Advertisement
Noodle's College Search
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement