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This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I was also impressed with how well thought out it was and how many clues there were to what was going on. But now I get it. The nuclear bombs, can't grow food, too poisonous. That's why they only eat meat and good hunters are so important. And I also think "By the Waters of Babylon" is a really well written story, with so many effects going into the theme.

And I also think that the "quest" the priests go on… they all go to the place where the main character did. They do that so that someone in each generation will know why it's important not to become too knowledgeable, like the people who were destroyed.

I was just really impressed. Dec 03, Jeremy rated it it was amazing. I think I read this story in 8th grade, or that was at least the first time I heard about it. What I love about this story is how well Benet convinces you in the beginning that you are reading a story from an ancient time, as opposed to what the story really is: a story set in the future in which an asteroid or nuclear attack has destroyed our cities, infrastructure, and population. Overall I like the post-apocalyptic feel to it, and how in the end the main character decides to start slowly rebuilding society.

The twist in this story is so great, and if you discover it on your own before the end of the story, the payoff is even better. Again, word choice and phrasing are important to the success of the story, and once the ending is revealed, the class could write about or talk about the importance of word choice in order to achieve a desired effect.

I think that would be a good follow-up reading because it further emphasizes word choice and the idea of how we can and maybe should distance ourselves from our culture in order to analyze it. Also, if it is not in an anthology, I would have to print it out or have students read it off their tablets…provided they have those. Another issue is that once again I have talked about a story written by a Dead White Male. I think I need to expand the scope of what I read so that what I bring into the class can excite more students.

May 21, Juan Antonio rated it really liked it. I find it very hard to believe that someone that lived over years ago could go into so much detail describing something that hasn't happened today.

At first, I thought this was a simple children's tale, warning us that curiosity sometimes gets the best of us. After reading it a few times, I finally got just how powerful and poetic this short tale is. They follow arbitrary rules, while John agrees with very few of them. As he sets out in a journey to become a priest, his father warns him of what they call the "Dead Places.

He breaks their ultimate rule by heading to the "Place of the Gods," which we later discover to be view spoiler [a post-apocalyptic New York City hide spoiler ]. As he ventures into the unknown, we get the real point of the book, which is that humans in this story "ate knowledge up too fast.

But that doesn't deter John from trying to use the knowledge he gained to make things better. He is set on reconstructing the society humans had years ago, and this time, making things right. As he says in the last page of this short story, "We must build again. Oct 10, Kyle rated it it was ok.

By the Waters of Babylon is a post-apocalyptic short story written in That's right, a post-apocalyptic story made before the A-bombs were dropped and even before World War II even started. The book is very much ahead of its time, and I respect it for that. However, judging it purely on entertainment value the book fails. It follows a young man as he enters the forbidden "Place of the Gods" which we soon discover is a bombed city.

It seems that finding out that it takes place in the future By the Waters of Babylon is a post-apocalyptic short story written in It seems that finding out that it takes place in the future is supposed to be a big surprise, and for the time I suppose that it might have been, but it just seems obvious to the modern reader.

Again, By the Waters of Babylon was genius for the time it was written, but now it just seems generic. Sep 20, Beth rated it really liked it Shelves: weaves-thru-my-life. I read this in the morning of the day people are to gather all over the world to move world leadership to stop the destruction of the world's climate and at the end of a week in which Congress voted again to go to war.

Stephen Vincent Benet was a prophet and this is his lamentation. Let us pray with it. Great first person descriptions of a post apocalyptic world where our everyday world is described from the perspective of someone unfamiliar with it. The human quest for knowledge is sometimes dangerous but cannot be extinguished. Nov 30, Danae rated it it was ok. Most irrelevant title there has ever been. Aug 16, Bill S. Benet had me for about three pages thinking that this was about an ancient place.

But, I was able to infer that these people were actually living in a post-apocalyptic world and the forbidden city of the dead the young priest visited was New York City. His great revelation was that these people were men and not gods as he had been taught. This is the truth, but the Priest decides not to share the whole truth. People were forbidden from traveling east or going to the dead city for a reason. Perhaps in the old days they ate knowledge too fast.

He describes the war as the Great Burning, in which fire fell from the sky and the ground was poisoned for years. Aug 26, Mell rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction , supernatural-science-fiction-and-fa , shortstories-and-essays. Thanks to my 9th and 11th grade English teacher, Mr.

Bob Schevchik, for having us read brilliant science fiction. He had us read a ton of short stories.


By the Waters of Babylon

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By the Waters of Babylon Summary

Log in or sign up to add this lesson to a Custom Course. Log in or Sign up. This verse says, 'By the waters of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion. The title is appropriate for Benet's futuristic short story that focuses on a society eradicated by nuclear war. The story's narrator is the young son of a priest.


By the Waters of Babylon by Stephen Vincent Benet: Summary, Theme & Analysis

John , the protagonist and first-person narrator, belongs to the tribe of the Hill People and is the son of a priest. The story follows John on his initiation quest, a journey he undertakes in order to be recognized by his tribe as a man and a priest. John chooses the path of his journey based on visions and his reading of signs in the natural world. He travels to the Place of the Gods, even though he is afraid that he will die there.

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