The Garden of Forking Path

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Jorge Luis Borges presents various concepts of time, and how these concepts relate to our future, in his short story essay of "The Garden of Forking Paths". As we all know Borges' favorite writing pretended to detective stories. Such is the case of this story, "The Garden of Forking Path" where we find violence, a wonderful metaphysical riddle and contains no sentimentalism what so ever. The story's form of narration is in the first person. Is about a letter presumed to be written by Dr. Yu T'sun . He is Chinese spy for the Germans in the English territory, during the First World War. Tsun's duty is to communicate to Berlin about a village in which the British is harboring some fourteen hundred artillery pieces. At the beginning of the story, Dr. Yu T'sun recounting the events that lead to his arrest. He then discovers that his partner had been killed by Captain Richard Madden, who is a security agent for the British. Yu T'sun must find a way to communicate the news of this artillery to the German king without being noticed. He decides to kill a man called Stephen Albert, whom his name is the same as the city's name; thinking that the news of his mysterious murder will get to the German king. Borges presents two different concepts of time. He uses two individual characters who present two different views concerning time. The first aspect of time is found through the main character, Dr. Yu Tsun, who sees time as a single non-repeating destination. A second way of time is introduced when Dr. Tsui Pen's novel is first introduced in the story. Dr. Tsui Pen's novel describes time as a realm with vast possibilities. Tsui Pen believes that every decision is a center of forking paths. Even through time may be forking path of many possibilities; Borges seems to suggest that the humanity believes that there is only one path to follow. The way the story is structured projects the concept of time as a linear phenomenon. In the beginning of the story, Yu...
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