Essay about The Significance of 'The Library of Babel'

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In the allegory, The Library of Babel, the writer, Jorge Luis Borges, metaphorically compares life, or the universe, to a library. Given a muse with such multifarious connotations, Borges explores a variety of themes including the theme of infinity which goes alongside the concurrent immeasurability. Through this story, Borges is saying that the world is infinite but the human life is finite. Even though as humans we innately seek knowledge and truth, we can’t attain complete knowledge or true knowledge. Humans can not attain complete knowledge because we do not live long enough to, we are not objective and we do not have the biology capacity to retain all knowledge. Humans can not attain complete knowledge because we do not live long …show more content…
The man is essentially saying that he acknowledges his search for knowledge present in all men and also realizes his eventual death, which will occur in the infinite library. Further into the story, the man implicitly states his view of an infinite library saying, “…the Library exists ab aeterno(since time immemorial) and states that this, indisputably means that the library will continue to exist. Afterwards, using vivid imagery, he describes the “inexhaustible” stairways and more awe-inspiring words to talk about the library being only the work of a god while man is dismissed as either “a product of chance or of malevolent demiurgi (inventor). This is used to show his view of Man as finite and thus of little importance; the man is more amazed by the idea of the library as infinite. In the book, the man talks about a region where men believe in a custom, based on knowledge, of which they are unsure of the originators intentions and make theories based on this uncertain knowledge. One finds this takes place also in real life; in Christianity for instance, there’s the belief that a Supreme Being called God consists of three parts: The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit. It is believed that the Son, Jesus Christ, was sent to the world to die for mankind’s sins and thus, Mankind is saved from condemnation if Mankind believes in this Supreme Being. Christians believe this and apply it to their lives by having ‘faith’ that if one believes in Jesus Christ, one is saved

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