In "By the Waters of Babylon", what is the significance of the god, ASHING?

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mrs-campbell eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The civilation that John approaches has been annihilated by bombs and other destruction, so any monuments that he encounters are probably destroyed, or just partials of the original.  When he comes upon the "ashing" statue, John says that "There was also the shattered image of a man or a god. It had been made of white stone and he wore his hair tied back like a woman's."  If you flesh out the entire word, "the statue of 'ashing' is of George Washington".  So, the God that John considers worshipping is none other than our first president, George Washington.  He runs across other signs and inscriptions on his journey that are also just partials, and it takes some work to figure out what they were in their entirety.  I hope that helped!

nbaballer | Student

That he was great leader during that time and he thought it wise to pray to him.

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