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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By the Waters of Babylon

The Pursuit of Knowledge. John has distinguished spirit and body before, but now his spirit is physically separated from his body.

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A long way off, I had seen the water through trees but the trees were thick. When gods war with gods, they use weapons we do not know. We know how they were dressed from the book, but I saw them as if they were before me. Yet, all through the night, I bzbylon that I should have to cross the river and walk in the places of the gods, although the gods ate me up.

But it is not fitting that a priest’s son should show fear. After climbing many flights of stairs, he finds a door that he can open the lock has been broken.


Now go on your journey. Dec 05, Heather rated it it was amazing Shelves: My raft went whirling downstream toward the Bitter Water. 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.

When I woke, the fire had gone out and I was cold. It was close and dry and dusty in the house of the gods.

Set in a future following the destruction of industrial civilization, the story is narrated by og young man [4] who is the son of a priest. It is forbidden to go to the Place of the Gods.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. If I had slept later, they would have come upon me asleep and torn out my throat. But it is better to lose one’s life than one’s spirit—and you could beet from the face that his spirit had not been lost.

Just after dawn, he sees an eagle flying east. Now I will go home from my journey. It is not easy to kill a panther with one arrow but the arrow went through his eye and into his brain.

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 habylon overlooking the city. There was no smell of man left, on stone or metal. But the story is not logical nor particularly believable.

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So I knew my magic was strong and my journey clean, in spite of the law. I have been in the Place of the Gods and seen it! The gods, John tells us, were restless, powerful, marvelous, and terrible, and they possessed vast knowledge and wisdom. Readers understand that John is witnessing New York city lit up at night by electric light—an astounding sight for a person from a society without electricity. That’s why they only eat meat and good hunters are so important.

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: The building itself is strange and fascinating.

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.