However God was not finished with the tribe of Judah. Colloquial Characteristic of writing that seeks the effect of informal spoken language as distinct from formal or literary English. Steven Vincent Benet, shows all of the different concepts and literary terms in this story. Eventually, he reaches the sacred Ou-dis-san river, which no one in his tribe has ever seen before. Euphemism The substitution of an inoffensive term for one considered offensively explicit. The code was the major reflector and shaper in the ancient Babylonian society. John insists that he is not lying—as a priest and the son of a priest, he does not lie, and he believes that the spirits in the Dead Place wanted to speak to him.
This is not an impossibility. It set up a social class system based on a hierarchy based on wealth. Narrative A rhetorical strategy that recounts a sequence of events, usually in chronological order. It was not idly that our fathers forbade the Dead Places. Pun - A word is used which has two meanings at the same time, which results in humor. Theme and Analysis The theme of 'By the Waters of Babylon' is that knowledge can be attained too fast.
Still, he is naïve and even unwise. As he explores the apartment, John finds the dead god sitting in a chair by the window, as if he is looking out over the city. Personification - is giving human qualities to animals or objects. Alliteration The repetition of an initial consonant sound. He has heard stories about the place he is entering, so he is afraid. Still, he reads the old books and learns as much as he can.
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. In the story, the Dead Places located in the east are forbidden to be visited. Rhetorical Question A question asked merely for effect with no answer expected. He could see for himself the city of the Gods which remained a matter of great anticipation to all in his small village, including himself, lest he wouldn't have been here amidst death. After all, the entire world is eager to amass the maximum armors and be a nuclear country in all sovereignty.
There was much anger about this within the Iraqi populous and the government worked, sucessfully, to turn that anger against the Jews. 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 windows overlooking the city. Exposition A statement or type of composition intended to give information about or an explanation of an issue, subject, method, or idea. Mesopotamia, India, and China, being three of the biggest civilizations of the ancient world, have exceedingly different and extremely similar laws of societal conduct. Then Alexander died of malaria on June 13, 323 B. In the Bible John was an apostle to Jesus and also religious.
At the end of the story the main character is in New York, and he believes that he lives in a place ruled by gods and goddesses world. All of the symbols point to the theme of an insecure young man desperately fighting maturity and the disillusionment that often comes with it. It can also have a theme of coming to age. Ever since John touched the metal and did not die, he was no longer afraid, but more calm. When he becomes comfortable doing this by himself, John decides that it is time for him to go on his journey.
But John's father thought otherwise, and thus stopped him. The image of the old bridges in the river is an important image because it highlights the idea that no matter how advanced the society was, there was nothing that could have stopped the event that changed the world from happening. Throughout the ages there have been many attempts to identify Babylon. Towards the end of the Old Testament period it reveals how God reestablished His nation. Mainly, his view differs from others because rather than write about the countries in a nuclear war, he writes about people living in the countries that are involved in that war. Set sometime after a total nuclear holocaust, a young man named John sets forth on a journey to discover knowledge about what really happened to his world. They lost their holy city, the Temple was destroyed, and the Davidic monarchy ended Beasley 221.
He cannot contain this desire for the truth. The place was also laden with the marks of the great destruction that had come over the place and reduced it to ashes. He always took efforts to know more about the unknown. John travels east for eight days, first along the god-roads and then through the forest, avoiding hunting parties of the Forest People. According to them the priest is knowledgeable and wise, and his knowledge is to be limited only to himself.