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By the Waters of Babylon Significance In the short story By the Waters of Babylon by Stephen Vincent Benet a futuristic form of life and living is presented The story deals with the cruel realization that man is capable of accomplishing anything including its own destruction It portrays todays man as selfish violent worried with the materialistic aspects of the world and full of hate and rage By the Waters of Babylon is the personal recollection of a boy becoming a man who knows nothing of his ancestors His father is a priest or high ruler which the young man John aspires to be like Johns father one of the people in charge of their tribe want to keep the truth of what happened to the civilization before them a secret so that they do not commit the same mistake again However when John starts on his journey to become a priest the truth seems inevitable In the story our present civilization has destroyed the earth as we know it and nearly wiped out all human beings The cause of such a great catastrophe seems to be nuclear war The places where these nuclear bombs landed are referred throughout as the forbidden places or Dead Places The selfish nature of our society to take more than what we need or want more than what we have are the motives behind countries going to war over such unimportant things as oil and land As in the story When gods war with gods they use weapons we do not know our world has commenced a stupid race to have the best at everything devouring anything in the way However these awful acts are forever forgotten about and the few that know what really happened stay quiet forever Some do it out of fear it might happen again others out of respect but whatever the reason some things are better left unsaid This brings to
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