Treasure Hunt For Truth

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The Treasure Hunt For Truth In the short story, “By the Waters of Babylon” written by, Stephen Vincent Benet John, the narrator is on a quest to fulfill the burning desire inside him to gain more knowledge about a civilization that has once lived but know died. On his journey, John finds out the “ultimate” truth about the “place of the gods”. John must receive this truth and find an efficient way to relay it to his people. John is the son of a priest; this title allows him the option to seek knowledge only he is entitled to know. In the beginning of the story John says, “My knowledge made me happy--it was like a fire in my heart.” (Benet 312). This quote expresses the narrator’s gratefulness that he is able to know much…show more content…
He is now accepting this new truth and plans to tell the people in his village when he returns. As John is on his journey back home, he realizes “Truth is a hard deer to hunt….you may die of the truth.” (Benet 321). This line explains that when people are told many different stories or tales, it is hard to know which one is the truth. Nevertheless, when you do find out the truth, it could be hard to understand and accept. John knows that the people of his village may not believe this new truth and it is going to be a difficult process to explain. This could cause stress or instability in the society. When John returns home, he seeks input from his father, a priest who taught him everything he knows. After talking to his father John says, “He was right-it is better that truth should come little by little.” (Benet 321). John plans to tell this new truth to his people gradually over time, so it does not come as a complete shock that what they have been told all their lives is a lie. John has accepted this new truth very willingly and he hopes his people also will. As John thinks about all the destruction and damage, he saw in the “dead places” he starts to wonder “Perhaps, in the old days, they ate knowledge too fast” (Benet 321). John believes that the civilization that once lived in the “place of the gods” may have accepted and
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