By the Waters of Babylon


Stephen Vincent Benét

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By the Waters of Babylon Characters


John is the narrator, protagonist, and archetypal, “everyman” hero of the story. A young man about to come of age within his tribe (known as the Hill People), John is the son of a priest… read analysis of John

John’s father

John’s father, also named John, is the head priest of the Hill People. Within the archetype of the “hero’s journey,” John’s father could be considered the guardian figure, offering John guidance at the beginning… read analysis of John’s father

The Dead God

John finds the well-preserved body of the “dead god” seated at a window in one of the towers in the Land of the Gods. John soon realizes that the dead god is not a god… read analysis of The Dead God