Complete summary of Stephen Vincent Benét’s By the Waters of Babylon. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of By the Waters of Babylon. The great river in the story “By the Waters of Babylon” is the Hudson River. The Hudson River is the river separating parts of New York from New Jersey. This lesson provides a summary and analysis of Stephen Vincent Benet’s ‘By the Waters of Babylon.’ The story focuses on the dangers of knowledge.

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My head hummed with my fasting—I did not even see the panther spring upon the white fawn. This book always had me wanting more because of all of the questions and cliff hangers it contained that I knew would be resolved later in the story.

And, as John studies the body, he realizes the god is in fact a man—that the city was built and inhabited by humans, not by gods or demons. I saw it ny I have told it, though not in the body.

Babylonn fire he builds recalls the symbolic association between fire and knowledge, rooted in the Greek myth of Prometheus, who stole fire from the gods to give to humanity. His face shows no fear.

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After the metal is removed from the dead places, the priests and the metal must be ritually purified. When a panther attacks the fawn, John kills the panther with a single arrow. Apr 02, A B rated it it was amazing Shelves: The original text plus a side-by-side modern translation of every Shakespeare play. One writing bh or literary element that the author used well is description of setting.


After a while, I knew that my belly was hungry. John wishes he understood the magic that once made these things function. The book is very much ahead of its time, and I respect it for that. There was a cooking-place but no wood, and though there was a machine to cook food, there was no place to put fire in it. My heart was troubled about going east, yet I knew that I must go. I tried to guide my raft with the pole benst it spun around.

I read this as an interesting example of early post-apocalyptic literature. I have killed the panther, I have killed the fawn! When the bg came, I was out of sight of the village.

By the Waters of Babylon by Stephen Vincent Benét

Everywhere in it there are god-roads, though most are cracked and broken. Which guides should we add?

They were singing the Star song in the outer chamber and it was like the buzzing of bees in my head. My magic did not help me at all and yet there was a fire in my bowels, a fire in my mind. However, John wants more than that, he wants to accomplish what his spirit want, and it is something watera risky that no one in the post-apocalyptic world that he lives in has done before view spoiler [ go into the Place of the Gods hide spoiler ].


How can I tell what it was like—you do not know. The last page was interesting, and that page alone gave me shivers.

By the Waters of Babylon

But they were old marks and old stains. He looked at me out of both eyes.

But now I get it. All the same, when I came to the Place of the Gods, I was afraid, afraid.

At night, I would lie awake and listen to the wind—it seemed to me that it was the voice of the gods as they flew through the air. Thanks to my 9th and 11th grade English teacher, Mr. Therefore, the dystopian beneet is not a dystopian past, but rather a dystopian future.

When the sun rose, I thought, “My journey has been clean. I thought the river meant to take me past the Place of the Gods and out into the Bitter Water of the legends. Jun 13, Stephen Brooke rated it liked it Shelves: It is there that spirits live, and demons—it is there that there are the ashes of the Great Burning.

He looked at me for a long time, stroking his beard, and then he said at last, “Yes.