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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My raft went whirling downstream toward the Bitter Water.

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I covered my eyes with my hands and crept back into the forest. John describes the soft furniture and carpeting, and the paintings on the walls. As I pushed the raft from the shore, I began my death song—I had the right. Nevertheless, as I made the raft, the tears ran out of my eyes. After John returns to his tribe, he tells his father of “the place New York.

I was in darkness—I found stairs and climbed. I can read letters but I could not understand these. It went down into great caves and tunnels—perhaps they kept their slaves there.

By the Waters of Babylon

I won’t be checking out Mr. American short stories short stories Post-apocalyptic short stories Works originally published in The Saturday Evening Post. Superstition, Magic, and Technology. There was also the shattered image of a man or a god.


He was sitting bneet his chair, by the window, in a room I had not entered before and, for the first moment, I thought that he was alive. I told and he listened. I saw it as I have told it, though not in the body. It was very silent and sunny where I had landed—the wind and the rain and the birds that drop seeds had done their work—the grass grew in the cracks of the broken stone.

If you don’t mind the simplicity of the story then it’s fine. I have been in the fights with the Forest People—I o seen men die. I was also impressed with how well thought out it was and how many clues there were to what was going on.

His face shows no fear. Do your students enjoy a good laugh? Related Quotes with Explanations. We do not eat grubs from the trees, we have not forgotten the old writings, although they are hard to understand. I have said the magic was gone but that is not true—it wtaers gone from the magic things but it had not gone from the place.

This was a good one. Each book in the series has Do your students enjoy a good laugh? That is all of b story, for then I knew he was a man—I knew then that they had been men, neither gods nor demons. Refresh and try again. Within, there was a place of great riches. As he crosses the river, John sings his death song, in which he proclaims his courage and enumerates the challenges he has overcome during his journey.


It is forbidden to go to the Place of the Gods. How can I tell what it was like—you do not know. Oct 10, Kyle rated it it was ok. It is a great Dead Place—greater than wagers Dead Place we know.

When I saw my father again, I prayed and was purified. Each book in the series has been designed with today’s young reader in mind.

By the Waters of Babylon

John weeps as he builds the raft he will use to cross the river to the Place of the Gods, paints his body for death, and says funerary prayers. Dec 05, Heather rated it it was amazing Shelves: Then I saw the dead god. Everywhere there were lights—lines of light—circles and blurs waterw light—ten thousand torches would not have been the same.