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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. By the Waters of Babylon has ratings and 44 reviews. Corinne said: By the Waters of Babylon is a really well written story, with so many effects go.

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We must build again. No man has come there before. I feel like this story is complete from the beginning to the end and contains everything to make it an excellent one. The bones are light and old—sometimes they will fall into dust if you touch them. What Behet 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: If they eat you, you stehpen still my son.

I use this short story in my English 10 class.

He looked at me for a long time, stroking his beard, and then he said at last, “Yes. What else can be said about this amazing story by Stephen Vincent Benet. I can read letters but I could not understand these. Perhaps there was a magic word to open it but I did not have the word. 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 That was small to what came afterward but it made my heart feel big.


Bob Schevchik, for having us read brilliant science fiction.

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. They were men—they went a dark road, but they were men. Nevertheless, it was strange. I sprang up and shouted at him but he did not move—he just sat there as if he were laughing. All these things are forbidden. When I woke, the fire had gone out and I was cold.

When a god or a demon saw me, then I would die, but meanwhile I was no longer afraid.

Within, there was a place of great riches. Yet, all through the night, I knew that I should have to cross the river and walk in the places of the gods, although the gods ate me up.

And, when I am chief priest we shall go beyond the great river. As I looked upon them and their magic, I felt like a child—but a little more, it seemed to me, and they would pull down the moon from the sky. Very great they were, and wonderful and broken—broken thr the time of the Great Burning when the fire fell out of the sky. But that doesn’t deter John from trying to use the knowledge he gained to make things better.

The sign was an eagle. He bade me look into the smoke of the fire and see—I saw and told what I saw.

By the Waters of Babylon by Stephen Vincent Benét

John journeys through the forest for eight days and crosses the river Ou-dis-sun Hudson. There should have been the wailings of spirits and the shrieks of demons, but watere were not.


I won’t be checking out Mr. They had turned night to day for their pleasure-they did not sleep with the sun.

But a dog cannot open a door and I knew, from the books, that the gods did not like to live on the ground vincdnt on high. 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 ].

By the Waters of Babylon

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Once John gets to the Place of the Gods, he feels the energy and magic there. Bebet was taught how to read in the old books and how to make the old writings—that was hard and took a long time.

Sometimes these are still found in the Dead Places—once, when I was a child and foolish, I opened such a jar and tasted it and found the food sweet. Upon viewing the visage, he has an epiphany that the gods were humans whose power overwhelmed their good judgment.

It is a fair island—no wonder the gods built there. May 26, Adrik rated it really liked it.

For other uses, see Rivers of Babylon disambiguation.


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