Oluchi AkpamgboErin sleddWorld Literature15 December 2017THEGARDEN OF FORKING PATHS “The Garden of Forking Paths” simplyimplies that a text, a work of fiction, can be a labyrinth(Weed). It refers to a lot of occurrences and loops, which makes us the readers,unsure of the difference between reality and illusion. Stephen Albert, studiedTs’ui Pen’s work for some time, and he told Yu Tsun that the garden of forkingpaths and the novel were the same. In other words, whenever the characters cameto a point at which more than one outcome was possible, both outcomes occurred.CaptainMadden worked for the English armed forces, during a period when the relationshipbetween the two nations were bad.
This meant that he had something to prove tohis superiors because he was Irish. The English didn’t trust the Irish, so thatmeant he was suspected of betraying them. So, Yu Tsun didn’t blame Captain Maddenfor hunting him down.TheGarden of forking paths is a metaphor in the sense where the novel itself canbe looked at as a labyrinth, Yu Tsun spent his childhood in a garden and healso had to follow the garden which was a maze, to get to Dr. Alberts library. Thegarden which was a labyrinth, appeared in so many parts of the story showinghow the interpretations were limitless.
The labyrinth was also an imaginedsetting, that took place in Yu Tsun’s mind as a reoccurring maze. Dr. Albert’ssolution was that the book was the labyrinth.
Wikipediastates that Ts’ui Pen had wanted to create aninfinite labyrinth, as well as a cryptic letter stating, “I leave toseveral futures my garden of forking paths” (Wikipedia.com), which he did.At first, when you read that, it seems a bit confusing, but as you continue toread the book you get to understand what he meant. Doctor Albert realized thatthe “garden of forking paths” was the novel, and that the forking alsotook place in time (Wikipedia.
com). Whencompared to some other work of fiction, the character could choose onealternative at each decision point and eliminate all the others, Ts’ui Pen’snovel attempted to show a world where all the possible outcomes of an event couldoccur at the same time, each leading to more possibilities and outcomes. StephenAlbert, also said that the separate paths do sometimes come together again, butas the result of a different reason; for example, he says, in one possible timelineDoctor Tsun has come to his house as an enemy, in another as a friend. This,just shows how understanding the book goes a long way in interpreting it. Works Cited Weed, Ethan. “A Labyrinth ofSymbols Exploring ‘The Garden of Forking Paths’.” borges.
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