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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I know that I felt myself drawn as a fish is drawn on a line. When I saw my father again, I prayed and was purified.

By the Waters of Babylon

I saw both banks of the river—I saw that once there had been god-roads across it, though now they were broken and fallen like broken vines. But when I boasted or wept without a reason, he punished me more strictly than my brothers.

Okay, so the gods were men, and the men were us The room was shut, hot and dry—no doubt that had kept him as he was. Here and there were the marks and stains of the Great Burning, on the ruins, that is true. He published his first novel The Beginning of Wisdom in Open your hearts, you spirits, and hear my song. John knows that he will die if he enters bt Place of the Gods, but he also knows that stepnen he turns back without fully satisfying his desire for new knowledge about the gods, he will never be content or at peace with himself.

Thought-provoking, terrific little read. But they were men who built the city, not gods or demons.

It is so much fun to watch the students attempt to figure out exactly what is going on, where it is going on, and what might have happened in the past.

Benet’s work in any more detail unless somebody tells me otherwise. Now I will go home from my journey. Once John gets to the Place of the Gods, he feels the energy and magic there. There should have been the wailings of spirits and the shrieks of demons, but there were not.


After being chased by dogs and climbing the stairs of a large building, John sees a dead god. Jun 13, Stephen Brooke rated it liked it Shelves: Aug 18, Maurita Kling rated it it was amazing.

I asked myself many questions that I could not answer, but it was good to ask them.

When John is no longer a boy, he tells his father that he is ready to go on his journey, a quest that will mark his initiation as a man and a priest within the tribe. He said, “The law is not always the same shape—you have done what you have done. Nevertheless, it was strange. Get the Teacher Edition. It gets dark, and though John has not yet explored all of the rooms, he decides to make a fire in the fireplace of a large room with bqbylon overlooking the city.

LitCharts uses cookies to personalize our services. It has been forbidden since the beginning of time, he says, to travel east, to cross the great river, or to visit or look at the Place of the Gods, which was destroyed in the Great Burning and is now populated by spirits and demons.

I feel like this story is complete babylo the beginning to the end and contains everything to make it an excellent one. He gave me the metal to hold—I took it and did not die. They were men—they went a dark road, but they were men.

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

I had just found a door I could open when the dogs decided to rush. John watches as the gods and their chariots fill the streets, and he is amazed to see that they travel in every direction, even to the other side of the earth, building roads and tunnels—even flying!


He feels cold and clammy, but his ambition and desire for knowledge burns like a fire within him. It was not idly that our fathers forbade the Dead Places. I liked how the author made the story seem ominous and suspenseful. Stephen Vincent Benet was a prophet and this is his lamentation. At least, we make a beginning.

They were surprised when I shut the door in their faces—it was a good door, of strong metal. Oct 10, Kyle rated it it was ok. I turned to the door in the opposite side of the wall. I won’t be checking out Mr. Sorry, that person’s shelf is private.

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Then I raised my eyes and looked south. Once I made my fire on the edge of a Dead Place at night and, next morning, in the dead house, I found a good knife, little rusted. I mean it was interesting to see how it all played out in the post-apocalyptic world, but the first few pages were like watching grass grow.

The island was babypon in a poisoned mist, and the gods ran through the streets in terror. However, John wants more than that, he wants to accomplish what vinccent spirit want, and it is something very 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 babylom spoiler stepyen. All Symbols Metal Towers.

John has trouble steering the raft across the river. I have always thought about that. Even though at the start it may be hard to understand, and you might often get confused by what it happening, this story is one of the best you will ever read as it perfectly portrays what a post-apocalyptic world would look like and it will always have you wanting to find out more and more as the story develops.