The setting of a story is the time and place in which the story takes place. In “By the Waters of Babylon,” time is the most important part of the setting. There are objects and places in the story that mean different things to the people before the Great Burning and after the Great Burning. For example, the Place of the Gods is the place where Jon and his people believe their gods live; before the Great Burning, the Place of the Gods was New York City.
Complete the following chart. Describe what each object or place meant before the Great Burning and what is means in John’s world.