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    Walter Van Tilburg Clark illustrates in painstaking detail the harsh and violent conditions that that the four men, who sat inside the bank, braved. Thoroughly, he describes the war stricken prairie and the frost that enveloped the earth. In the story, Clark concentrates on two specific characters. Focusing first on Dr. Jenkins, “An old man, his long matted beard and hair gray to nearly white. The shadows made his brows and cheekbones appear gnarled, his eyes and cheeks deeply sunken. His big hands

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    for granted, or take them with gratitude.” This quote by G. K. Chesterson, representing people’s struggle to show future generations what life was like by preserving classics. This is shown by the phonograph in “The Portable Phonograph” by Walter Van Tilburg Clark. “The Portable Phonograph” has many examples of symbolism including the portable phonograph, the needle, the records, the lead pipe, the books, and elements of setting including the prairie, the cell and the cell block, and the black cloud

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    Walter Van Tilburg Clark’s “The Portable Phonograph,” In Walter Van Tilburg Clark’s “The Portable Phonograph,” the author makes setting play a major role in understanding the action of the characters within the story. Clark, a writer and an English Professor, lived from 1909 to 1971. During that time, he lived through both World Wars at a relatively young age, which may have influenced this story. Clark has excellent use of setting to make the atmosphere needed and set the proper mood, so this story

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    The Portable Phonograph - Character Analysis Walter Van Tilburg Clark's short story, The Portable Phonograph, is a tale about the last survivors in the world after the total destruction of a war. The author gives clues and hints of this throughout the beginning by writing in a narative voice and describing the scene in dark war-like terms. The characters are then introduced as a group of men huddled around a fire. The older of the men, Doctor Jenkins, is the leader and his character is full of personality

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    contaminated and useless, the temperature drops, and suddenly winter is paying a lingering visit. A nuclear winter. It is a definite possibility in today’s society, a thought that casts shivers down spines. It is the topic that is being addressed by Walter Van Tilburg Clark in his short story, “The Portable Phonograph”, and it is the possible occurrence that is being assessed by James Roberts in the article “How to Survive Nuclear Winter”. In the short story, a group of four men is forced to survive during a

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    Have you even encountered a situation in which the petty desires of a person caused them to act unfairly to one another? These actions are most often invoked by jealousy, as seen in the short story Red Dress – 1946 by Alice Munro. In many other pieces of writing, this behavior is also portrayed in different ways. The actions of a person driven by greed can be the result of not only jealousy, but also protectiveness and misunderstanding. Materialistic desires strongly impact, in negative ways, how

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