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An Anthology of Short Stories by Jorge Borges In the following three short stories by Jorge Luis Borges we see how the idea of real the and illusion influence one another as described by the author and in his work In the first short story Everything and Nothing Borges explains how people hide behind the illusion of being an actor in order to be some one other than themselves In this short story From Something to No One he demonstrates the idea that G-d is nothing in illusionary thought but is everything in reality Limits the third story reverses the illusion of deaths limits to a more legitimate reality Everything to Nothing describes a man who petends to be someone so it shouldnt be discovered that he was no one He entered the profession of being an actor someone who on a stage plays at being someone else in front of poeple who think he is really that person He recieved great satisfaction from his work until the last lines were read and the last scene was completed and then he tatsted the hateful taste of unreality He would leave the stage where he is the image of a hereo in a tragic tale and once again become no one Anthony Kerrigan who translates the short stories states that this one person plays many parts and as Iago from shakespeare says I am not what I am This passage is perhaps a play on words taken from Exodus in the Old Testement in which G-d prclaims I am what I am Kerrigan continues to tell us that this man was in hallucination for twenty years However one day he was overcome by the horror of all the kings he played that died by the sword and settled on the sale of his theater He realized he had to become someone and made his fortune in making loans
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