The Inevitable Truth In “By The Waters Of Babylon”

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In the short story “By the Waters of Babylon” by Stephen Vincent Benet, the theme of truth is revealed by Johns father when he said, "Truth is a hard deer to hunt. If you eat too much truth at once, you may die of the truth” (Benet 326). “By the Waters of Babylon” focuses on the thought that man is capable of anything and everything, including diminishing itself. The author establishes the theme of truth throughout the story by the futuristic setting, the first person narrator point of view, and the archetypal quest throughout the story.
The setting of the story shows how knowledge of the truth can lead to the destruction of a civilization. The story is set in a futuristic world and in a ...view middle of the document...

The first person narrator also provides us with dramatic irony. Dramatic irony is defined as; the reader knowing certain things that the narrator does not.
The archetypal quest that John goes on correlates with the theme of truth because this is where he finds out that he has been mistaken the whole time about the gods. At the beginning of the story it says the north, the west, and the south are all good for hunting, but it is forbidden to go east. After John was purified by his father, he was given a bow and three arrows. John then had to repeat to his father that the east is forbidden, crossing the river is forbidden, and that it is forbidden to go to the Place of the Gods. After John had said all of these, he said it was his voice talking not his spirit. This showed that John was going on a heroic journey. John knew he was meant to go on this journey. After john had been purified he left the village waiting for signs. He saw three signs while waiting. They were all animals, heading towards the east.

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