Curiosity In Jorge Luis Borges The Book Of Sand

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The force known as ‘curiosity’ is a double-edged sword. It drives people to make new discoveries and create new inventions, but it can also cause a never-ending feeling of dissatisfaction, driving people mad. Jorge Luis Borges shows just how dangerous curiosity really is in his short story, The Book of Sand. After acquiring a seemingly magical book that’s pages never end from a strange man, the narrator described himself as “A prisoner of the book…”. The narrator referred to himself as a ‘prisoner’ because he could not just walk away from the book without having his questions answered or he would remain forever discontent. As the narrator’s curiosity took a dark turn into deadly obsession, his life was completely consumed by the Book of Sand.

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