Ficciones Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

Describe the different narrative modes and their importance in expressing themes in literature. How does point of view affect a reader's vision of a story? When is a particular narrative mode ineffective? Why does Borges occasionally switch modes within a story?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the theme of information as presented in "Ficciones." According to Borges, what role does information play in society? How do individuals seek to control information? Can information be suppressed?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Borges' view of redemption. Who is Al-Mu'tasim? What is the significance of the student's journey? How does the student find redemption?

Essay Topic 4

What ironies does Borges point out in literature? How does Borges use style to create irony? What themes does Borges express through the use of irony?

Essay Topic 5

Describe the philosophy of idealism. How does Borges express the tenets of idealism in "The Circular Ruins"? What power...

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