How does the title of "By the Waters of Babylon" add to the understanding of Benet's story?

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whsdrama eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Excellent question! Always look to the title of a piece when you are doing your analysis. Here, the biblical reference to Babylon brings an image of this great, beautiful, blessed, city which is of course completely destroyed. Depending on which angle you approach it, Babylon is either a great city or a terrible and wicked city, either apply to the short story (New York is referred to as the Babylon of the western world).

uwhs-stu | Student

at the time benet wrote his tale, we feared a nuclear attack. the arguement presented is that we deem ourselves above the rules, and laws, "gods" implies that if we continue down this path we have taken, we will lead ourselves to pure "destruction" the title relates to the tale, The tower of babel when man began to buled their tower too tall, which angered God the summation; that pride will bring the means to our end

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