La historia comienza con un extranjero herido del sur de Persia que huye a antiguas ruinas circulares en el norte. Las ruinas del templo parecen haber sido coloreadas como el fuego, pero ahora tienen un color ceniza, destruido por el fuego. Por lo tanto, resuelve seleccionar y tutorizar solo a aquellos que plantean objeciones contra sus conferencias. Al hacer eso, reduce la multitud de estudiantes a un solo joven.

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To view it, click here. In this story we follow the protagonist into the dream where we get to see the creation of a man. This man grows up and we follow him through the early stages of his life. At the end, he realizes that he is a projection of the protagonists dream and with a great twist we get to uncover that our main character, which is nameless is also nothing more than a projection of another mans dream.

Although, many would argue that this story is about reality, one could argue that the main focus is on life itself. However, to really uncover the mysteries of this story one has to define reality. This quote gives us an understanding of what reality is. Applying this to the story confirms the statement; As soon as the protagonist realizes that he is a projection he stops believing making his life and the life of the short story come to an abrupt ending.

In addition to reality there is life. Reality is life, and life is reality. It is hard to talk about one of them without mentioning the other. This is what Borges is doing. Since the dawn of man we have tried to figure out our reality, birth and meaning on this planet.

There are many religions that try to answer these questions. But they do not always succeed in giving a satisfied answer. This quote gives an understanding on how Borges looked at life. Life was something beautiful without face or sex. Therefore, he goes on to emphasize the importance of life and the importance of not knowing how life was born, only how it looks like.

A parallel to this is a magic act. During the magic act the audience is amazed by the tricks of the magician and they are kept amazed until the magician reveals how he did the tricks. Thus leaving the audience struggling with the fact if it is better to be amazed in the name of the unknown, or know everything making you immune to surprises and emotions.

In conclusion, I would like to point out the importance of not asking to many questions. This is Borges main point; to not focus on the birth and death of life. We should not be focusing on how we were made or what happens when we die. The story ends there suggesting that our lives could also come to an abrupt ending if we find out the truth. So why not stop asking questions, and look at life for what it truly is; absolutely beautiful!


Ensayo «Las ruinas circulares: Jorge Luis Borges – Fantasía» por Daniel Jair Alcaraz Michel

It comes from the passage in which Tweedledee points out the sleeping Red King to Alice, and claims she is simply a character in his dream. The temple is centered on the statue of an ambiguous deity that appears to be a tiger or a horse. The wizard immediately falls asleep; his goal, the narrator reveals, is to "dream a man At first, the wizard dreams that he is addressing a group of pupils on anatomy, cosmography, and magic; he hopes to find among his pupils "a soul worthy of participating in the universe. After taking a rest to regain his strength, the wizard attempts a different tactic: he begins to dream a man piece by piece, beginning with his heard and slowly adding other organs and features. The process takes over a year and is painstaking. Fire promises the wizard that he will bring the dreamed man into reality, and that everyone but Fire and the wizard will believe the conjured man to be flesh and blood.


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