Analysis: By The Water Of Babylon

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The unfamiliar readers, reading “ By the Water of Babylon” for the first time, they would consider the story takes place in ancient times, but unfortunately this is not the case. People believe that we’ve left the uncivilized ways of solving problems behind, but to our disappointment is something that is engraved in our modern ways of thinking. Our ways of solving a disagreement have gotten more radical, and more powerful .Our weapons nowadays are millions times more powerful than they were hundreds of years ago. I’ve read many stories before, where someone elapses on the journey to find, respect, love, glory, and sometimes themselves. .The way this story is structured it gives the reader clues that is an ancient Greek myth, something such…show more content…
At the beginning, we are told that the priests can go anywhere they want, except east. Later we find out that east is where the land of the Gods is located, and that's why is off limits to everyone. As the story continues John has decided to go on a quest to prove he's a man. His quest takes him to “the land of the Gods” he faces many challenges heading east because no one that he knows has stepped a foot in this land, when he got to the “Great River” ( the Hudson River) he's frightened by what's on the other side, he described them as tall standing towers, God roads. Once in “ the Gods place” he is chased by a pack of wild dogs, and enters one of the towers to protect himself. As he travels through this house, he finds many artifacts, that he described as with the best of his knowledge. While exploring one of the rooms, he stumbled with a dead “God”, he finds similar physical features between him and the dead “God” They didn’t look much different. John, then starts heading back home, once he gets home he tell his dad that “it’s time to rebuild” John wants to build what he saw in what was New York The accounts are written in the first person point of view .You can tell this right away because the protagonist, John, says the word I throughout the story. The story is told from his point of view which is first person.“My father is a priest; I am the son of a…show more content…
The lack of knowledge shown by the Hill People is not surprising,they live in the aftermath of probably the mother of all wars that taken place in this planet. Every single historical account was erased, people’s knowledge went back a few 100 years. Some people may argue that the primary conflict in the story is fear, but their fears are based on their ignorance of what happened. The conflict in this case is man vs self. The tone in which the story is written is very passive, like he was telling the story years after it happened, because in situations where the descriptions and vibes should've been scary, were vague. “It is not easy to kill a panther with one arrow, but the arrow went through his eye and into his brain. He died as he tried to spring." This narrative was supposed to be intense, John experienced a situation that threatened his life, and he described so vacantly, that didn't give me no emotion as I read it. “By the waters of Babylon” gives us insights on the path that we, the human species are taking. Weapons and the lack concern about the environment is the perfect formula for destruction. The author published this book one year before World War 2, I think he was trying to send a message to the world leaders. We should set aside our differences, and focus on making our bond
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