The blog for SUNY Binghamton's Spring'09 COLI 214B 02 Literature and Society Class. Chapter summaries, analyses and discussion of prescribed texts written by students.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Katherine Tesi

Borges’ writings are without a doubt diverse. This story discusses the development of an entirely new and unreal planet, culture and population. While reading this particular story, I couldn’t help but think that Jorge Luis Borges was internally developing his ideal society and many of the aspects written about within the story are truly what he wants and believes. The idea of deception was really strong throughout the short story. Not only are the creators of Uqbar deceiving all of the people who read of it and believe it, but the narrator initially doesn’t believe his friend when he talks about Uqbar. Borges also continuously mentions how no one has been to Uqbar and the unreality of everything revolving around the place. I thought that the end was interesting however. Borges concludes his story by stating how much of the Uqbar culture is integrated into real culture even though Uqbar never existed. Because this was the way he chose to end his story, it made me strongly believe that the made up culture in the story was actually his ideal culture.

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