Objective: Part One, The Garden of Forking Paths, Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius "Ficciones" is a collection of short stories by Argentinean author Jorge Luis Borges. Borges' stores are imaginative and often puzzling. He often expresses his philosophical themes through the use of narrative storytelling. The objective of this lesson is to discuss the narrative mode from which many of Borges' stories are written, and examine how point of view affects a reader's vision of a story.
1. As a class, discuss the different narrative modes, or points of view, in literature: First Person, Second Person, Third Person, Limited, Selective, Omniscient, and Objective. How can these narrative modes be combined, such as Third Person Omniscient? Which narrative mode does Borges use in "Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius?" Who might the reader assume is telling the story?
2. Have each student rewrite the first paragraph of "Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius" in a...
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