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By the Waters of Babylon
Transcript of By the Waters of Babylon
Feeling or atmosphere the writer creates. Plot: The events which occur in a story/work mysterious
mood is hazardous
dogs, jaguar, forest people
mood changes near the end
vision of the past
takes on an enlightened mood dreams and visions
"The wild dogs are more dangerous, for they hunt in a pack, but I did not meet them until later."(Benét 296) Foreshadowing: The writer's use of hints to suggest what will happen in the future When?
Setting: when and where a story takes place reader knows that the gods were just men
John does not find out until his vision of the past Dramatic Irony: when the audience knows something that the character does not. By the Waters of Babylon
Author: Stephen Vincent Benét
Genre: Science Fiction/mythological
Published: July 31, 1937 Background Information on Benét
Born in july of 1898 into a military family
father had an appreciation for writing
attended Yale university
wrote poems, short stories, and plays
famous for epic poem "John Brown's Body"
Works Cited Background on "By the Waters of Babylon"
Originally named "the Place of the Gods
Simile: The comparison of two unlike objects using like or as Example from text: "It is mine," I said, while the smoke waved and my head felt light. They were singing the Star song in the outer chamber and it was like the buzzing of bees in my head.(Benét) Metaphor: The comparison of two unlike objects not using like or as Example From text: "At night, I would lie awake and listen to the wind—it seemed to me that it was the voice of the gods as they flew through the air."(Benét) Imagery: The use of vivid words and language to form a detailed mental picture Example from text: "Looking down from where I lay, I saw a dog sitting on his haunches. His tongue was hanging out of his mouth; he looked as if he were laughing. He was a big dog, with a gray-brown coat, as big as a wolf."(Benét) Characters: John (father) static
John (main character) dynamic
goes on life changing journey
sees place of the gods
becomes a priest Tone: The attitude a writer takes toward a subject The tone is hopeful at the beginning of the story
The tone changes to dismal when Benet writes of the destruction of man
The tone again changes when John speaks of gaining knowledge and rebuilding
Style: The way a story is written Benét uses a simple style of writing to communicate the lack of knowledge John really has.
He uses simple and direct language to show john's tribal way of thinking and speaking.
Benét writes so that the reader perceives John's belief in the gods and the people's divine practices. Works Cited Allen, Janet. Holt McDougal Literature. Orlando, FL: Holt McDougal/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012. Print.
"Stephen Vincent Benet." Stephen Vincent Benet. Academy of American Poets, n.d. Web. 15 Jan. 2013. <http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/618>..... Author's purpose to entertain the reader
send a message about violence, war and technology