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  1. The story touches on the themes of destitution, deprivation, rejection, happiness, death, and life after death. The little girl of the story does not have a life of luxury or comfort. She loiters the streets to sell matchsticks in order to procure a single meal. Motherless, she is a victim of domestRead more

    The story touches on the themes of destitution, deprivation, rejection, happiness, death, and life after death. The little girl of the story does not have a life of luxury or comfort. She loiters the streets to sell matchsticks in order to procure a single meal.

    Motherless, she is a victim of domestic abuse and she braves all that suffering, every day. She does not get happy holidays or joyous Christmas or New Year. Eventually, she freezes to death on the very streets she called home, alone and unloved.

    However, through the light of matchsticks and fantastical images in that light, she has some respite and comfort. For the World, she died cold and painfully, but for her, she dies in the warm embrace of her grandmother.

    Her death brings her sweet release from the pains of a tortuous and cruel life. Maybe she was not dead after all, but a new beginning in the world of the divine.

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    The literary devices used in the story is personification and parallelism with auditory imagery. Read summary of The Sound Machine

    The literary devices used in the story is personification and parallelism with auditory imagery.

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  1. According to Klausner, the human ear actually can’t hear everything. Any sounds that are so low-pitched or so high-pitched that one can’t hear it at all whereas a dog can. And up the scale, higher than the vibration of that a whistle, there is another vibration and it keeps going on, an endless succRead more

    According to Klausner, the human ear actually can’t hear everything. Any sounds that are so low-pitched or so high-pitched that one can’t hear it at all whereas a dog can. And up the scale, higher than the vibration of that a whistle, there is another vibration and it keeps going on, an endless succession of vibrations as far as the numbers go, which is infinity. There is a whole world of sound about human all the time that we cannot hear. It is possible that up there in those high-pitched inaudible regions there is a new exciting music being made, with subtle harmonies and fierce grinding discords, powerful enough to drive humans mad if they could hear it. So he has made a machine that can prove him the existence of many odd inaudible sounds. The machine has been designed to pick up sound vibrations that are too high-pitched for reception by the human ear and to convert them to a scale of audible tones.

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    The doctor was intrigued by the remarkable complexity of the box’s inside, curious to know what his patient, Klausner, was up-to. Read summary of The Sound Machine

    The doctor was intrigued by the remarkable complexity of the box’s inside, curious to know what his patient, Klausner, was up-to.

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    “The Sound Machine”, written by Roald Dahl talked about the unhealthy obsession of an amateur scientist, Klausner and his invention, the titular sound machine. According to Klausner, there were many odd inaudible sounds which cannot be heard by humans but using his machine, these sounds can be conveRead more

    “The Sound Machine”, written by Roald Dahl talked about the unhealthy obsession of an amateur scientist, Klausner and his invention, the titular sound machine. According to Klausner, there were many odd inaudible sounds which cannot be heard by humans but using his machine, these sounds can be converted to audible sounds. He informed Doctor Scott about this, who later said would catch up with him. He tried the sound machine in his garden and heard a piercing cry through it which the plants were making when they were being cut by Klausner’s neighbor, Mrs Saunders. That proved to him that even plants had emotions like humans. They too felt pain. It was a frightening noise that came just as the stem of a plant was cut. After Mrs Saunders went inside, Klausner tried this experiment once again by pulling out a daisy. He heard a faint crying noise. After repeating the process he came to realize that the cry wasn’t of pain but just a cry, a neutral, stony cry. It seemed to be an emotionless note, an emotion which humans were not aware of. The next day, Klausner went to the park and struck a tree’s trunk with an axe and heard the same piercing cry. He hurriedly went back home and called the doctor to test his theory. However things go wrong after this point. To make the doctor hear the sound, Klausner struck the tree again and a big branch from the tree crashed down and destroyed the sound machine. The doctor kept on saying that he hadn’t heard any sound and after some time, Klausner asked the doctor to apply iodine on the wound in the tree’s trunk where he had struck it. The doctor then told Klausner that he needed some change in life and took him back home.

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    The story talks about the dark side of the scientific advancements and how in-turn that is harming the nature. To test that nature, too, has feelings and needs to be protected, extreme actions are taken for that, as seen through the obsession of Klausner who keeps pulling out daisies and striking trRead more

    The story talks about the dark side of the scientific advancements and how in-turn that is harming the nature. To test that nature, too, has feelings and needs to be protected, extreme actions are taken for that, as seen through the obsession of Klausner who keeps pulling out daisies and striking tree trunks to prove his theory. Nature needs to be appreciated and taken care of as otherwise it will get destroyed and then no matter how much “iodine” is applied on it, it won’t heal.

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  1. The sound machine, made by Klausner, was actually a black box about three feet long, the shape of a child’s coffin. Klausner had created the sound machine to prove himself the existence of many odd inaudible sounds. The machine was designed to pick up sound vibrations that were too high-pitched forRead more

    The sound machine, made by Klausner, was actually a black box about three feet long, the shape of a child’s coffin. Klausner had created the sound machine to prove himself the existence of many odd inaudible sounds. The machine was designed to pick up sound vibrations that were too high-pitched for reception by the human ear, and to convert them to a scale of audible tones.

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