The Library of Babel
The Library of Babel Symbolism, Imagery & Allegory
Sometimes, there’s more to Lit than meets the eye.
The Library is a huge, unwieldy model with tons and tons of information in it. It also contains a smattering of human inhabitants, who run around the Library doing silly things like killing each ot...
The Book of Infinite Pages
In the last footnote of the story, the narrator presents us with an idea that totally inverts our understanding of the Library. (For more on this, see our discussion of "What's Up With the Ending?"...
Yeah, you read that right. In the Library of Babel, words themselves are symbols. "Hold up a second," you might say. "Don't we use words to communicate? Aren't words supposed to have meaning?" Well...
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