Character Analysis For "The Portable Phonograph" By Walter Van Tilburg Clark

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Walter Van Tilburg Clark's short story, The Portable Phonograph, is atale 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 ina narative voice and describing the scene in dark war-like terms. Thecharacters are then introduced as a group of men huddled around a fire. Theolder of the men, Doctor Jenkins, is the leader and his character is full ofpersonality that can be analyzed by the reader. He is the owner of the shelterthat they meet in. This paper will point out the different aspects of the oldman in this story and state conclusions that can be drawn from them.The men in this story are obviously amused by the slightest little things.They occupy themselves through book readings from a collection that oneman has. Each of the men has their contribution to the group and togetherthey endure a time of devastation by entertaining each other. The older manhas a record player that he brings out once a week for the listening pleasureof the group. He is very proud of this treasure. It has sustained through thesehard times just as he has and he limits his use of it to make it last. He ownsonly three steel needles and he gets one out to use because on this particularoccasion, their is a musician visitor with them. The other men act as excitedas children. They listen to the record and then leave the doctor's house.Doctor Jenkins is nervous and suspicious at the end of the story whenthe other men leave. 'With nervous hands he lowered the piece of canvaswhich served as his door, and pegged it at the...

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