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Imagine four of the last survivors in the world after total destruction as far as these men are concerned huddled around a fire searching for meaning All crowded in a small shelter owned by the oldest the leader of the group Dr Jenkins Since the life of these four men tends to get a bit boring they are obviously amused by the slightest things They occupy themselves through book readings from a collection that one man has but it seems hopeless as a source of entertainment Take yourself trying to live life and your only chance of excitement was some words written on some sheets of paper The old doctor sees these mens desire for excitement and decides to share his most prized possession a portable phonograph that he some how managed to get hold of in the destruction To these men the phonograph acts as the last sign of human art The men in The Portable Phonograph prove that Art such as music is a major part in ones life no matter what the conditions are Its funny how a man can be in a state of mental and physical destruction but some how manage to leave it all behind when a type of art such as the music from the phonograph is brought to his attention This is exactly how the men in the story plan to survive the devastation around them Outside of the music there is nothing One man so wants to make his own form of art he says I want paper to write on then continue And there is none The destruction of the war has taken all the meaning out of the earth leaving memories of the catastrophe to their surroundings Its dark and the ground is filled with craters left by the bombs that have taken the life from around them All these things sound to be enough to make a man sick but when the
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