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The Portable Phonograph

One theme is that beauty and art are more valuable than ever in a post-Holocaust world in which civilization has been destroyed. The men treat the emergence and playing of the portable phonograph...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2019 4:17 pm UTC

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The Portable Phonograph

At the beginning of the story, the author describes a setting which is bleak, dark, derelict and war-torn. This immediately creates a sombre tone, and perhaps a foreboding mood. The very first...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2019 1:35 pm UTC

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The Portable Phonograph

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...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2015 12:45 am UTC

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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....

Latest answer posted February 25, 2016 2:38 am UTC

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The Portable Phonograph

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...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2015 11:52 pm UTC

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The Portable Phonograph

Dr. Jenkins The main character of the story is a very old man named Dr. Jenkins. He lives in a cave-like tunnel near a frozen stream in a barren landscape that has been ruined by a catastrophic...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2019 2:25 pm UTC

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The Portable Phonograph

These pits were such as might have been made by falling meteors, but they were not. They were the scars of gigantic bombs, their rawness already made a little natural by rain, seed and time. Along...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2019 11:22 am UTC

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The Portable Phonograph

The famous short story "The Portable Phonograph" by Walter van Tilburg Clark was originally published in the collection The Watchful Gods and Other Stories in 1950 and has been anthologized many...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2019 2:52 pm UTC

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The Portable Phonograph

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...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2011 4:56 am UTC

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The Portable Phonograph

The atmosphere is cold, bleak, dark, wretched, nearly unbearable and uninhabitable. It is the atmosphere of a wasteland. These four men seem doomed. They are being reduced to a primitive existence...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2015 7:20 am UTC

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The Portable Phonograph

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...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2011 1:48 pm UTC

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The Portable Phonograph

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...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2011 12:42 pm UTC

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The Portable Phonograph

In "The Portable Phonograph," Walter Van Tilburg Clark maintains an almost detached tone to narrate a story of the bleak state of humanity in a post-apocalyptic setting. In the opening paragraph,...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2019 2:33 pm UTC

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The Portable Phonograph

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...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2015 12:27 am UTC

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The Portable Phonograph

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...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2013 4:30 pm UTC

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The Portable Phonograph

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...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2015 6:34 am UTC

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The Portable Phonograph

The story opens at sunset and establishes a dark and desolate setting. We are told that the clouds blacked the sky "like threats," and everything is cold. The air is filled with a "sensation of...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2019 12:46 pm UTC

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The Portable Phonograph

The Significance of Art When Dr. Jenkins realizes that the world is ending around him, he chooses to save what he considers the best efforts of mankind. He saves Shakespeare, Dante, Melville, and...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2019 12:01 pm UTC

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The Portable Phonograph

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....

Latest answer posted August 22, 2009 6:33 am UTC

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The Portable Phonograph

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 adjectives...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2011 1:17 pm UTC

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The Portable Phonograph

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...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2009 7:22 am UTC

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The Portable Phonograph

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...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2016 6:31 pm UTC

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