Alas, Babylon: Whats
In A Name?
Alas Babylon is a story written about a nuclear attack and how people try to
survive. There are many drastic measures in which they use in order to stay alive. The
title of the book comes from the bible. Alas, Babylon which is kind of like a warning,
used in the apostle of John. The nuclear explosion nearly turned the world around over
anger. But toward the end everything seems to work out, and even though they went
through many hard times everyhting turns out allright.
After a nuclear attack takes the United States in suprise, The people of River
Road have to work together for the survival of everyone. Many people find little things
that they would usually take for granit to be of a lot
more value to them. Franks qoute,
"We're all going to learn how to walk again."(Frank 32) shows that he understands the
task ahead of them. There were such phases in which they would have to overcome the
problem. As if you have to learn to crawl before you can walk. They had to take it one
step at a time before they before they could walk.
We get the term Alas, Babylon from Revelation 17-18. The Bible tells us in
Revelation 18:10 "Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that
great city Babylon,that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judjement come." This verse is
explaining to us the warning in which how thy judjement will come. Just like the book in
which Randy receives
the family qoute"Alas, Babylon" which he knows is the saying that
they heard in a local black church, which is a warning of the nuclear bomb.
Back to Revelation chapters 17 and 18 which we read about the great whore
named Babylon who sits on many waters and is the mother of all harlots. The imagery in
which the apostle John uses to describe Babylon has very significant meaning, in
particular for the church as she approaches the end...
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