Borges, “The Garden of Forking Paths”

In Borges, “The Garden of Forking Paths” is obvious that this short story is very confusing upon the first read. The second time reading through I had begun to realize that there were multiple scenarios going on. The idea of having multiple outcomes in multiple universes is an idea readers can either love or hate. People turn page after page of a book to find out what is going to happen next to their so beloved protagonist. If the author creates seemless-ly ending possibilities this may confuse readers or even frustrate them. On the other hand, having multiple outcomes to the same situation should be looked upon as a thrilling experience. The style choice of having multiple outcomes gives the reader endless possibilities that takes them further than just one outcome. This idea is arguably very confusing and this reminds me that readers should take the time and embrace stories without skimming them to find their own multiple outcomes.

Source: Borges, “The Garden of Forking Paths”

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