What does the sound machine symbolize in the story by the same name?
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The sound machine in the story symbolizes the dark side of the scientific advancements and how they rob humanity and nature of its innocence and beauty respectively. At the beginning of the story, the machine is denoted as a “child’s coffin” marking the death of humanity in a way. The sound machine is also the cause of Klausner’s obsession which at the end leads to drastic changes. Unhealthy obsession over scientific growth and development harms the people and nature around them.
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