Stephen Vincent Benet

Reflection of the Theory of Change in a short story by Stephen Vincent Benet called 'By the rivers of Babylon'. 'You can not enter one and the same river twice' this well-known quotation from Herodotus defines the very essence of change. Everything undergoes changes sooner or later and nothing stays the same. Gen. David L. Goldfein pursues this goal as well. Change is inevitable and inseparable part of the evolution that is development. Short story written by Stephen Vincent Benet which is called 'By the rivers of Babylon' perfectly illustrates this thesis.

A young man, a son of a priest, decides to travel to forbidden lands to gain experience and to tell other people what is going on there. This youth is the narrator of the story. He knows that his future is determined that is he has to be a priest like his father. On the other hand he feels the desire to change his life by going to the forbidden land. He says: ' my knowledge and my lack of knowledge burned in me-I wished to know more.' And that's sounds like his motivation. Thus, he wants not only to change his life by obtaining new knowledge, but also he wishes to change the way people perceive world in his tribe by telling them about forbidden far-away places. While traveling forbidden roads the narrator of the story discovers many things which used to be unknown for him, for instance, cats those were roaming all over the place and were not afraid of people. The young man's perception of the world starts changing with every new thing like that he sees.