From what point-of-view is "By the Waters of Babylon" written? How do you know? 

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aoibhinn | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

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The story "By the Waters of Babylon" is written in a first-person narrative.  The reason the reader is able to conclude that it is written in first person is the use of the pronouns "I" and "Me."  This narrative style allows the reader to get a first-hand account of the events that transpire.  In the case of "Babylon," the narrator is perplexed by the world that they are encountering.  Their lack of background knowledge adds to the suspence of the story, letting the reader's imagination work for itself and forcing the reader to use clues to determine the "surprise" ending.

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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By the Waters of Babylon is written in the first person.  You can tell this right away because the protagonist, John, says the word I throughout the story.  Thus, the story is told from his point of view which is first person.

“My father is a priest; I am the son of a priest.  I have been in the Dead Places near us with my father; at first I was afraid…"


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