Blog Post 5

With a first glance or quick reading of “Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote” by Jorge Luis Borges,” it’s easy to confuse it for being a scholarly journal rather than a creative, fictional work.  It was written in a way that was meant to fashion a non-fictional work.  However, a further reading suggests the reasons as to why it was a fictional piece by Borges.  Focalization is utlilized in that the narrator is internal and the piece is being told in the first-person point of view; Borges writes, “I am aware that it is easy enough to call my own scant authority into question” (Borges 88).  This reaffirms that the view point is homodiegetic. It’s an almost humorous read in that the narrator attempts to mirror himself as the “true” Menard; he even goes as far as to  call his credibility into question and verifies himself; hence, the previous quote.  The narrator poses the philosophical question as to whether or not two people can write the same exact story without having any contact with one another.  With that being said, he completely mirrors Miguel de Cervantes and adopts total identification with the author (Borges 90).  He suggests that “Don Quixote”  is the most notable piece written by Cervantes in that it hasn’t been read by anyone yet.  Towards the end of the reading, we learn that the narrartor only composed a few chapters but in the little that he composesd, it was an exact likeness of Cervantes’ works.  I found this a creative way to tell a story, especially in that I thought it was a non-fictional piece at first.  I enjoyed and appreciated for what it was after having discussed it in class and gaining some claritiy into Borges’ mindset.

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