SECTION 1: PLOT SUMMARY
This story is a reference of a psalm of the Bible that begins: “By the waters of Babylon, there we sat down aand wept, when we remembered thee, Zion” The Reading is about a man whose name is John and he’s the son of a priest, is a Young man from the hill people. Jonh think that he has the hability to go to the dead places (where they search metal) because he is the son of a priest, and they are the only one that can do it. Jonh feel that his journey is to go to east to the place of the gods and in the road he has some sings sented by bad spirits
Jonh feel that his journey is to go to east to the place of the gods and in the road he has some sings sented by bad spirits. An Eagle, a panther and a fawn, all of them going east. This story is in the future and we know it because of the description of New York, the houses, cars…. he found a place with dead normal people and he realice that they are not gods. “knowledge beyond knowledge”
SECTION 2: SETTING ANALYSIS â€˘ The action takes place in the Eastern United States many generations after a war desolated civilization and left cities in ruins. Some descendants of the few survivors of the war live in a tribe in the countryside many miles west of the Hudson River (which the main character refers to as the Ou-dison). They are called Hill People. The men use bows and arrows to hunt, and the women spin wool to make fabrics. One member of the tribe travels to a forbidden zone (New York City) and explores the ruins.
SECTION 3: CHARACTER ANALYSIS • John: Son of a tribal priest (similar to a shaman or witch doctor) in a postapocalyptic society. John also becomes a priest. • John's Father: Priest who conducts the ceremony initiating his son into the tribal priesthood. • John's Brothers: Hunters. • Forest People: Ignorant rivals of the more advanced society in which John lives. John says he has fought against the Forest People.
SECTION 4: THEMES
Avoiding apocalypse Obscurantism
Coming of Age
SECTION 5: STUDY GUIDE • Type of Work and Publication Year
• Is a short story centering on a young man from a postapocalyptic society who goes forth from his village to learn and explore. The narrative has elements of the science-fiction, adventure, and coming-of-age genres. July 31, 1937. • Setting and Background • The action takes place in the Eastern United States many generations after a war desolated civilization and left cities in ruins. They are called Hill People. The men use bows and arrows to hunt, and the women spin wool to make fabrics. One member of the tribe travels to a forbidden zone (New York City) and explores the ruins. • Conflict • The main character, John, struggles against his own fears (internal conflict) and against real or imagined outside threats (external conflict), such as a pack of wild dogs and the Hudson River (which almost sweeps him away). • Climax • The climax occurs when John has a vision revealing the Place of the Gods (New York City) as it was just before, and during, the Great Burning. • Everywhere went the gods.They had turned night to day for their pleasure-they did not sleep with the sun. The noise of their coming and going was the noise of the many waters. It was magic what they could do it was magic what they did. • Denouement • In the conclusion, John reveals what he has learned from his experiences in the Place of the Gods and what happened when he returned home.
SECTION 7: BIBLIOGRAPHY
• http://www.cummingsstudyguid es.net/ • www.Wikipedia.com
BY: CAROLINA PEÑA COTO.