An Interpretation of �The Garden of Forking Paths�

An Interpretation of �The Garden of Forking Paths�

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Puckett 1 English 203 – 505 Min September 19, 2007 An Interpretation of “The Garden of Forking Paths” In the short story “The Garden of Forking Paths” Jorge Borges employs a great deal of imagery and symbolism to describe Yu Tsun’s encounter with his own family heritage. Borges presents to the reader through Yu Tsun the idea of time as a network of divergent and convergent paths with no one determined direction. Within this story Borges’s distinct disdain towards war comes out through his writing. Also, the sense of insignificance plays a key roll in the development of this story’s theme. Borges’s antiwar position can be seen throughout the story by Yu Tsun’s negative outlook towards the war and his occupation. Not once in this entire story does Yu Tsun talk of Germany in a positive light. In fact the complete opposite is true. Yu Tsun in the beginning of the story explains to the reader that he “cares nothing for a barbarous country” which had given him “the abjection of being a spy.”(379) Here the reader also
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