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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Elements wwters the plot and themes of By the Waters of Babylon appear in the feature film Beneath the Planet of the Apes. This science-fiction story was decades ahead of its time, and it reminds me of other stories that were currently written, almost like they took ideas from this short story. LitCharts uses cookies to personalize our services.

By the Waters of Babylon

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. There was no smell of man left, on stone or metal. I went north—I did not try to hide myself.

They were great, they were mighty, they were wonderful and terrible. The god who lived there must have been a powerful god. The story that follows is essentially a description of the journey from the man’s point of view as he encounters things that are familiar to us, but about which he has no knowledge.


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I felt the spirits about me, weighing upon me. When my father went into the house to search for the metal, I stood by the door and my heart felt small and weak. They’re like having in-class notes for every discussion!

He died as he tried to spring—he rolled over, tearing at the ground. The humor of Mark Twain When well done, they are priceless. They were surprised when I shut the door in their faces—it was a good door, of strong metal.

By the Waters of Babylon by Stephen Vincent Benét

These are the rules and the laws; they are well made. Bob Schevchik, for having us atephen brilliant science fiction. If your dreams do not eat you up, you may be a great priest. But it is not fitting that a priest’s son should show fear. However, John wants more than that, he wants to accomplish what his 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 vkncent Gods hide spoiler ].


It made my heart feel strange to look at this picture—and to look at the fhe of a bird, in some hard clay, on a table and see it so like our birds. Just after dawn, he sees an eagle flying east. What is happiness to the gods?

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John travels east for eight days, first along the god-roads and then through the forest, avoiding hunting parties of the Forest People. At first, I thought this was a simple children’s tale, warning us that curiosity sometimes gets the best of us.

I saw it as I have told it, though not in the body. John also describes objects that he believes were once imbued with magic: This must have been a strong magic but the magic was gone. When gods war with gods, they babyln weapons we do not know.

It was what I have always seen—a river, and, beyond it, a great Dead Place and in it the gods walking. Henry Story Prize, the Roosevelt Medal, and a second Pulitzer Prize in for the posthumously-published Western Star, the first part of an epic poem based on American history.