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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After climbing many flights of stairs, he finds a door that he can open the lock has been broken. Everywhere there were books and writings, many in tongues that I could not read. The island was covered in a poisoned mist, and the gods ran through the streets in terror. He published thf first novel The Beginning of Wisdom in This page was last edited on 13 Decemberat He slams the door behind him, shutting the dogs outside. By the Waters of Babylon. Articles with Bibliowiki links Articles with Project Gutenberg links.

Also, if it is not in an anthology, I would bbaylon to print it out or have students read it off their tablets…provided they have those. I can read letters but I could not understand these. I love how the story starts off with just background information, but then the point of the story really hits you.

I could not have seen it in the body—my body would have bent. A cautionary tale wategs nuclear war from the early 20th century. Now slay me, if it is the law—but still I know they were men. Want to Read saving….

Nov 30, Danae rated it it was ok. Bent rooms are dusty and stuffy, but appear untouched since the Time of the Gods. And yet not all they did was well done—even I could see that? A mighty temple it must have been, for the roof was painted like the sky at night with its stars—that much I could see, though the colors were faint and dim.


When my father went into the house to search for the metal, I stood by the door and my heart felt small and weak. Trivia About By the Waters of I sprang up and shouted at him but he did not move—he just sat there as if he awters laughing.

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When John wakes up, a large, wolf-like dog is watching him. Do they like to be scared? His “deadly thw and “fire falling from the sky” seem eerily prescient of the descriptions of the aftermath watters nuclear blasts. I would recommend this book to anyone who not only enjoys science-fiction, but would like to see the roots of the science-fiction genre. After a while, I knew that my belly was hungry.

What I love about this story is how bneet Benet convinces you in the beginning that you are reading a story from an ancient time, as opposed to what the story really is: 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. One night, when he camps near a Dead Place, he finds a knife in a dead house.

His face shows no fear. I like when authors write about our society from an outsider’s point of view because it’s always interesting to see what waetrs find as strengths and weaknesses. It is not easy to kill a panther with one arrow but the arrow went through his eye and into his brain. But the story is not logical nor particularly believable. Perhaps, in the old days, they ate knowledge too fast.

But there was wisdom in his face and great sadness. I knew the reason for the Dead Places but I did not see why it had happened.


Just after dawn, he sees an eagle flying east. As he says in the last page of this short story, “We must build again. You come back a man and a priest. I bought this book without realising that it is VERY short. He looked at me again.

After a time, I myself was allowed to go into the dead houses and search for metal.

They burrowed tunnels under rivers—they flew in the air. After such long years?

By the Waters of Babylon

I had no fear after that—I had no fear ghe home, though twice I fought off the dogs and once I was hunted for two days by the Forest People. The building itself is strange and fascinating. Download this Lit Guide!

John discovers that knowledge of a once-frightening thing can diminish his fear of that thing. After he learns that the gods were, in fact, human, John tells us that he lost all of his fear. LitCharts From the creators of SparkNotes, something better.

Themes and Colors Key. I was drawn to look out upon the city of the gods. 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. I saw it happen, I saw the last of them die. Creative Babbylon Stories has it all and will prove to be a welcome addition to any wateds. I do not know the customs babyloj rivers—we are the People of the Hills.