In “Borges and I” by Jorge Luis Borges, the author conveys the idea that Borges and “I” are the same person, but one is real and one is fake. The narrator, “I”, is describing who Borges is and “I”, himself, is, as if he and Borges were two people. Throughout the poem, the author uses imagery, quotes and truisms, and tone to imply that Borges is the fake part and that “I” is the real part of the same person. First the author uses imagery to throughout the short story to indicate that Borges is more famous to the public that “I”, but is different from “l”, though in reality, they are one.
For example, the author writes “I know of Borges from the mail and see his name on a list of professors or in a biographical dictionary. ”. The author uses examples of places only well-known names would be written on to show that the name, Borges, is famous. Through this, it is shown that Borges is a famous writer who “I” claims is the public self of “I” who is “known to others”. In addition, there is “I like hourglasses, maps, eighteenth-century typography, the taste of coffee, and the prose of Stevenson; he shares these preferences, but in a vain way that turns them into the attributes of an actor. .
These very descriptive things show that the two like the same things, even to the smallest detail, but that Borges likes them in a very different way. No two person can ever like every single thing that another does, so, in conclusion, Borges and “I” are the same person. The use of imagery in “Borges and I” helps to know that Borges is fake and “I” is real, but are actually the same person. Furthermore, quotes and truisms help the author’s implication that “I” wants to emerge from Borges, but Borges cannot survive without “I”.
For example, the quote “It is no effort for me to confess that he has achieved some valid pages, but those pages cannot save me, perhaps what is good belongs to no one, not even to him, but rather to the language and to tradition. ” shows that “I” does not really like Borges and criticizes his writing. Inside this quote is one major truism: what is good belongs to no one. The author makes use of this to describe that Borges’s writings are good, but cannot be owned r claimed by either Borges or “’I”, to make themselves feel good and accepted. In addition, at the end of the the narrator says another major truism: “Besides, I am destined to perish, definitively, and only some instant of myself can survive in him. ” This shows that sooner or later, “I” will die and so will Borges along with it, although Borges’s writings will continue to live. There is small shadow of “I” is Borges’s writings, thus “I”will continue to live also through Borges’s writings.
Truisms exaggerate the author’s thought that “I” wants to emerge from Borges, but Borges needs “I”’s physical body to continue writing. Finally, tone is used o reveal that “I” is indifferent to Borges’s actions, now that “I” has given up on Borges and is confused that the real one is not “I” but Borges. For example, the author’s quote “I shall remain in Borges, not in my self (if it is true that I am someone). ” shows that “I” is starting to falter. At the beginning of the passage, “I” was very confident that Borges was the “other one”.
Now, towards the end, “I” is starting to become confused, asking himself if he truly is a real person, and that he is not important anymore, only Borges. In addition, the tone of the last line of the short story “I do not know which of us has written this page. ” sets an ominous conclusion. It shows that the confusion of the real and the fake parts of Borges is now complete. “I” is very sure that he not real now and is not sure of what he had written before as “I”, since there is no “I” now.
Jorge Luis Borges’s use of tone helps make the difference between “I” and Borges easy to find until the last line of the passage. Jorge Luis Borges’s writing style of using many literary device in his passage intensifies and acknowledges his intentions of writing “Borges and I”. Many people lose themselves between their different selves and soon follow the wrong path. The reiterated use of imagery, truisms, and tone provides the story with descriptive ways to imply that Borges and “I” and different, but in one.