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BY THE WATERS OF BABYLON by Stephen Vincent Benét. The north and the w est and the south are good hunting ground, but it is forbidden to go east. It. Dec 14, Need help with By the Waters of Babylon in Stephen Vincent Benét’s By the Waters of Babylon? Check out our revolutionary side-by-side. The By the Waters of Babylon Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, character list, by Stephen Vincent Benet.

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It was very silent and sunny where I had landed—the wind and the rain and the birds that drop seeds had done their vincsnt grass grew in the cracks of the broken stone.

He asked me how the gods were dressed and I told him how they were dressed. There is some rather silly and heavy-handed moralizing.

Now slay me, if it is the law—but still I know they were men. This story focuses on the eaters character, and narrator, John, who goes on bennet journey to finally fulfill what he What else can be said about this amazing story by Stephen Vincent Benet.

Superstition, Magic, and Technology. John tells us that his experience as a priest has since shown him that his father was right. Sorry, that person’s shelf is private.


I could have hunted for my meat, but I did not hunt. We know how they were dressed from the book, but I saw them as if they were before me. This page was watdrs edited on 13 Decemberat The same knowledge that builds can also destroy, hte idea that our main character discovers while exploring the East. After John returns to his tribe, he tells his father of “the place New York.

By the Waters of Babylon

As he says in the last page of this short story, “We must build again. All in all, nothing special. I knew that I was seeing the city as it had been when the gods were alive. Oct 10, Kyle rated it it was ok.

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I mean, the character John was okay. Surely, that was enough to do, and live. To ask other readers questions about By the Waters of Babylonplease sign up. As part of the ritual, his father asks him about his dreams, and John describes a vision of the Place of the Gods. John wishes he understood the magic that once made these things function.

He looked at me out of both eyes.

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It was very dystopian but with no real suspense. I felt I had a right there, as I sought knowledge also. I saw it as I have told it, though not in the body. It was close and dry wates dusty in the house of the gods. What else can be said about this amazing story by Stephen Vincent Benet. If I had come there, a god, I also would have built.


It had been made of white stone and he wore his hair tied back like a woman’s. I sprang up and shouted at him but he did not move—he just sat there as if he were laughing.

I covered my eyes with my hands and crept back into the forest. The fire has gone out and he thinks he hears voices and whispers.

John looks through the apartment, hoping to find an answer, but the house itself puzzles him. My knowledge made me happy—it was like a fire in my heart. His “deadly mist” and “fire falling from the sky” seem eerily prescient of the descriptions of the aftermath of nuclear blasts. Which guides should we add? It is better to lose one’s life than one’s spirit, if henet is a priest and the son of a priest.

I have been in the fights with the Forest People—I have seen men die.