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1-29-97Essay 2 Character Analysis for The Portable Phonograph Walter Van Tilburg Clarks short story The PortablePhonograph is atale about the last survivors in the world after the total destruction ofa warThe author gives clues and hints of this throughout the beginning by writingina 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 fullofpersonality that can be analyzed by the reader He is the owner of theshelterthat they meet in This paper will point out the different aspects of theoldman in this story and state conclusions that can be drawn from them The men in this story are obviously amused by the slightestlittle thingsThey 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 listeningpleasureof the group He is very proud of this treasure It has sustained throughthesehard times just as he has and he limits his use of it to make it last Heownsonly three steel needles and he gets one out to use because on thisparticularoccasion their is a musician visitor with them The other men act asexcitedas children They listen to the record and then leave the doctors house Doctor Jenkins is nervous and suspicious at the end ofthe story whenthe other men leave With nervous hands he lowered the piece of canvaswhich served as his door and pegged it at the bottom Then quicklyquietlylooking at the piece of canvas frequently he slipped the records in thecaseClark page 241 He feels that everything he has is at risk with thegreedthat a time like this could produce in the other men He is secure andcomfortable with the things that he
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