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rcarmela | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 28, 2012 at 4:50 AM via iOS

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How do the short stories "By the Waters of Babylon" by Stephen Vincent Benet and "One Thousand Dollars" by O. Henry relate?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 29, 2012 at 5:19 AM (Answer #1)

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The only real relation between these two stories (which have very different plots) is that they are both stories about coming of age and the gaining of maturity and wisdom.  The protagonists in the two stories both start out as young men who are not fully mature.  John is, to be sure, much more mature-seeming than Young Gillian is.  But he is not as wise as he will be after he goes to the Place of the Gods.  Both protagonists grow as their stories move along.  Both end up, in a sense, wiser than their elders, with John knowing more than his father and Young Gillian understanding things the lawyers do not. 

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