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Osvaldo NetoMs KuffaEnglish 2B18 September 2013By the Waters of Babylon is a thought provoking short story written by Stephen Vincent Benet The reader embarks on a journey to the Place of the Gods with the storys main character a priest named John We then learn that the Place of the Gods is actually post-apocalyptic New York and Johns tribe is located somewhere in modern New Jersey When John returns home he is faced with the difficult choice of telling his people about the Place of the Gods or keeping his discovery to himself BY the Waters of Babylon is heavily influenced by point of view makes me feel discouraged about humanity and is still relevant todayFirst of all By the Waters of Babylon is heavily influence by point of view The literary device of point of view is of the utmost importance in many stories since different point of views vary in word usage character progression the amount of information given to the reader and the overall perspective of the story Point of view is especially important to this short story because a change in point of view would cause dramatic changes to the plot Babylons plot revolves around the fact that The Place of the Gods is merely post-apocalyptic New York rather than some magic place that the beginning of the story hints at This mystery surround The Place of Gods is the driving force of the story it is what gets the reader to turn the page If it were written in a third-person point of view or from the perspective of an omniscient observer this secret would have surely been revealed much earlier in the story thus stripping away its page turning suspense Furthermore Johns story makes me feel discourages about humanity John plans on rebuilding while using the ghost town New York as an example of what happens when human conflict spirals out of control This seems like a sound plane
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