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  • The Portable Phonograph
    As the story opens, an old man named Doctor Jenkins is playing host to a small group of men who, like him, are survivors of an unspecified holocaust which destroyed all of human civilization....

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    In The Portable Phonograph by Walter Van Tilburg Clark, the exact quantity of various objects is frequently given. Concerning objects which appears in fours: A small red fire is describes as coming...

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    I cannot see that the four men in the story brought anything with them to the setting inside the cave. Three of the men are visitors and evidently brought nothing because they have nothing to...

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    The point of the story is that civilization has been destroyed by an atomic war and the few cultural artifacts the old man named Doctor Jenkins has managed to save are priceless treasures. Once...

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    The tone and atmosphere of Walter Van Tilburg Clark’s story “The Portable Phonograph” are effectively established in the first three paragraphs of the work. Simply in his use of nouns, Clark...

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    In his short story “The Portable Phonograph,” Walter van Tilburg Clark uses many adjectives in the first three paragraphs to help create a vivid setting and a memorable mood. Among the...

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    In the short story titled “The Portable Phonograph,” by Walter van Tilburg Clark, the setting implies the aftermath of a horribly destructive war. Details of the setting which imply such a war...

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    Yes, but it depends on what setting of the story u are mostly talking about. For example, at the end of the story were they bombed the city was a conflict because it was wrong for them to do that....

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    In a story of this type there does not have to be a conflict between characters or a character's inner conflict. This is a story about the greatest conflict in the history of mankind, and it might...

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    One of the strongest elements of the short story is its questioning of progress. The story features a setting that has been decimated by world conflict. Technological advancement and progress...

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    The setting in "The Portable Phonograph" is bleak and barren. It is a setting of devastation. The landscape in the story has been devastated by conventional warfare. Reading it today we might...

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    After the group leaves, Dr. Jenkins hides all his valuables and re-arranges his bed so that he may see any intruder, because he has heard noises outside and has seen a shadow indicating that the...

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    There is an implicit contrast throughout the story between the present and the past. The four men are living in the wasteland created by a great nuclear war. Although the bombs did not kill...

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    The home of Dr. Jenkins, who is the host, is a cell (paragraph 3). The fire, dim as it is, is a kind of deception. The fire is petty and acrid, and the burning is chary (spare and meager), and is...

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    In Walter Van Tilburg Clark's "The Portable Phonograph", his use of adjectives such as narrow, cold, and mute have in common a quality of stillness, constriction, emptiness, and fragility. They...

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    The setting for Moneyballis largely seen in Oakland of the early 2000s. This particular time period occupies importance in the book for a couple of reasons. Initially, the early 2000s and late...

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    The conclusion may require some attention. Even though the note for paragraph (15) explains the nature of old-style wind-up phonographs, students in these days of compact-disc and DVD perfection...

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    An interesting issue of interpretation arises in the reading of this story. If the protagonist of "The Portable Phonograph" is identified as the doctor, the antagonist might then readily be seen as...

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    Some of what makes Clark's short story so powerful is the theme of defining importance. The fact that the dwellers in the cave hold dear to them literature and artistic expression as few of the...

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    "The Portable Phonograph" is a short story by Walter Van Tillburg Clark. The setting is the desolate nature of the world after some type of cataclysmic ending where little in terms of life and...

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    In the wake of the desolation and emptiness of the world presented to the reader, the value of art is a powerful one. The role of art in this story is one that soothes and provides entertainment....

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    There could be many explanations for this. One potential reason would be to enhance the universal feel of the work. In writing this story in 1941, Clark is witnessing the effects of the Second...

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    The atmosphere of the story is a world desolate after a cataclysmic war. There has been a brutal conflict that has taken place and, from what we gather, one side definitely won but it came at such...

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