Jorge Borges: Short Stories

God's Omnipotence in "El Milagro Secreto" 11th Grade

The existence and power of God have been controversial and ambiguous topics for a long time. Does God exist? Can God intervene in the real world? In a modern world filled with technology, material things, and tragic events, it is sometimes easy to doubt the existence of God. But in his short story, El Milagro Secreto, author Jorge Luis Borges examines the omnipotence of God and the things that God can do for God's loyal followers.

To develop his theme of the importance of the power of God, Borges uses literary references. In this story, he refers to religious texts, such as the Koran, and religious authors and philosophers. Borges begins his story with the quote:

And God made him die for a hundred years and then encouraged him and said:
-How long have you been here?
"One day or part of a day," he replied. "(Qur'an, II, 261)

First, it is important to recognize that this quote is from a religious and sacred text. It lets the reader begin reading the story by thinking about the idea of God and having the concept of God in his or her mind. It is also very interesting to consider the meaning of the quote, not just where it comes from. This story talks about the relativity and flexibility of time in the hands of God. In this quotation...

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