Teaching about author's diction and voice can be a challenge. . . but not when using rich literature like Stephen Vincent Benet's classic short story "By the Waters of Babylon!" This activity will focus your students' attention on the multitude of similes and metaphors used by the first person narrator John. Students search and classify these comparisons, and then consider the following guiding questions: What do all these comparisons have in common? What effect do they have on the story? Through this process, students will come to a better understanding of Benet's naive narrator. This activity is designed as a small group activity, but could also be used as an individual or even a whole group activity. Answer key provided, along with follow-up response!