Analysis Of ' Axolotl ' And ' Simulacra And Simulations '

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Jorge Luis Borges may be known as the author as with the great use of Jean Baudrillard’s “Simulacra and Simulations”. In fact he is mentioned within the paper. When it comes to the author Julio Cortázar and his collection of stories in Blow-Up and Other Stories their common theme is surrounded by “Simulacra and Simulations”. Some of these stories include a man who looks at axolotls at an aquarium; questioning what it’s like to be the creature in and changing into one himself; a man gets into a motorcycle accident, while flashing to a life where he sacrificed in an ancient ritual; and many more. Cortázar’s use of this theme creates surreal realities that often make one question what the true reality of it all. Cortázar’s story…show more content…
The fourth and last of these of these phases is when the narrator finds himself as one of these creatures and there is no there is no truth to the reality anymore. The image that the narrator reflected of himself of the axolotl, once he felt the emotions of the creature he became a part of it; augmenting his reality by seeing from the other side. Towards the end of the story, the simulacrum of phases of an image begins again; as the now transformed narrator begins his obsession of a the man standing at the tank wondering if the man’s obsession with the axolotl becomes a world of it’s own. Baudrillard’s idea of hyperreality and imaginary is reflected more in Cortázar’s story “The Night Face Up” it my have elements of the phases of the images but it gets skewed by the swift changes between the two times. It simulates two realities that may not have a true simulacrum. As compared to Baudrillard’s use of Disneyland as creating a happy image that want to escape a reality of truth, Cortázar’s story reflects the images of a time that is more dependant of sacrifice to please images of being that may not exist. Triggers such as smells often spark an imagination that can take a person from the reality. Disneyland, though not

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