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English By the Waters of Babylon
Transcript of English By the Waters of Babylon
Ethical- John is going to become a priest because his father is one and he is able to hold metal
Effective Language Techniques
The author used imagery with sight, touch, sounds, taste, and smell.
When John ate from one of the "enchanted jars", the author described it as being sweet.
Story: Benét, Stephen Vincent. (2012). p314-326. Prentice Hall Literature (common core edition)
John's quest to become a man and gain more knowledge
When deciding where to travel, John saw an eagle flying and later deer with a white fawn going East. Even though it was forbidden, John went east.
Examples of Figurative Language in By the Waters of Babylon (page 319):
John, who is the priest's son, goes on a journey to become a man. On this journey he heads East to a forbidden land: the Place of the Gods, during which he concludes it was not Gods that lived there, but men.
Why do you think metal is seen as dangerous?
Emotional- John follows the signs to go East even though it is forbidden lands.
Logical- John concludes the gods that lived in the city were not gods, but men
Why was going East forbidden?
Simile- "I felt small and naked as a new-hatched bird."
Metaphor: "I tried to think of my knowledge, but it was a squirrel's heap of winter nuts."
Personification: "the great river is very strong- it gripped my raft with its hands."