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To understand works of fiction the reader must first acknowledge the life of the author This approach is called biographical criticism which is an Analysis of literary works by comparing their contents with the lives of the authors who wrote them Literary Reference Center Glossary When writing a story an author implicates personal things such as personal traits events they have been through or occurrences they have seen happen For example in The Gospel According to Mark by Jorge L Borges the protagonist Baltasar Espinosa similar to Borges traveled to many different countries This example shows how the author associates his personal experience into the storyThroughout his life Borges traveled to several countries Argentina where he was born Switzerland and Spain where he lived and others that he visited Like Borges Espinosa was born in Argentina and had familiarity with other countries It is said that he venerated France but had contempt for the French he had little respect for Americans but took pride in the fact that there were skyscrapers in Buenos Aires Borges 313 The knowledge that the protagonist has of different countries parallels the knowledge that Borges has from his travels Due to their studies and knowledge of different countries both Borges and Espinosa were fluent in different languagesEspinosa similar to Borges was an educated man They were both schooled in English when living in Argentina Borges grew up bilingual learning English from his English grandmother and receiving his early education from an English tutor In later years he would translate work by Poe Melville Whitman Faulkner and others into Spanish Borges 312 Likewise Espinosa translated books into Spanish Espinosa translated the bible for the Gutres benefits as Borges did translations of important works of literature so that the public would have access to these books in their language By creating this similarity Borges shows how he took a significant personal trait and implicated it into the story The
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