By the Rivers of Babylon Essay - Hr.1 By the Rivers of...

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Hr.1 By the Rivers of Babylon SOAPSTone Speaker: The speaker in this story represents a young and youthful voice in the beginning and then transitions into an adult and wise voice in the end. The speaker in this story states “my father is a priest; I am the son of a priest” (Benet 44), so the speaker in this story represents a male. The speaker also represents an educated male because he had to learn how to read and write and also had to learn different chants and spells. Occasion: Going to the Place of the Gods represents the rhetorical occasion in this story. This rhetorical occasion sets the speaker up to tell his journey to the Place of the Gods, in the Place of the Gods, and the knowledge he receives after leaving the Place of the Gods. This rhetorical occasion represents both a memory and a description. The speaker writes about his past journey and describes the journey vividly. Audience: The speaker also represents the audience in this story. The audience never really gets identified in this story but at the end of the story the speaker seems to talk to himself. The speaker seems to reflect upon his journey and then the audience, himself, takes that information in from the reflection and uses it to “make a new beginning” (Benet 52). The audience having a new view on life appears as one assumption about the audience. The audience now knows that the gods who they once thought were so great and powerful “were men who built the city, not gods or demons” (Benet 52). Everything
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