Posted: October 17th, 2013
Dead Man’s Cell Phone
What does the “Cell Phone” represent to each character? Why is it the “Cell Phone” important to the play? How does it help us understand the themes of the play? Be specific. Use examples from the play to support your answer.
Essentially the cell phone is used as an illustration of the changing generation and the transition into a digital age. The actors illustrate the impact of technology and more so the effects of the use of the mobile in the lives of people and more in society. In addition, the cell phone is used variedly to illustrate different meanings to the characters. The moral theme of the story behind the ownership of the cell phone is the importance and secretive lives led by people in society by the mere use of the cell phone. The importance of the cell phone in the life of the dead man could be termed as astronomical in terms of the operations that he maintains using his cell phone. He manages to operate an illegal trade, manage and maintain a mistress as well as cater for his family using the mobile phone.
The use of the cell phone is used to illustrate the effects of technology on a personal level. This is illustrated by the increased social interactions by the owner of the café after acquisition of the mobile phone. This includes the interactions with the dead man’s mother, mistress, his illegal trade in body parts and his role as a husband. Thus, the cell phone could be termed as the lifeline of majority of people such as the dead man, to whom the cell phone was a lifeline for his interactions with the mistress as well as the lifeline in terms of his illegal operations as seller of illegal body parts.
Jean’s role is affected by the presence of the mobile phone. This is an illustration that the mobile phone can affect people’s lives in a positive or negative manner. Jean’s life is interrupted and affected by the mobile phone given that she can engage in other social interactions with the various callers of the mobile phone. These include meeting the dead man’s widow Hermia, his mother Mrs. Gottlieb, and his mistress. Jean is left with a predicament of solving the problems left behind by the dead man.
Does the play still have meaning? Why? Be Specific? Use examples from the play to support your answer.
The play is highly relevant in that it provides an illustration of the problems the mark social interactions despite the efficiency provided by the use of electronic media. Additionally, the use of the mobile phone illustrates despite the ease in the method of communication society or people are unable to communicate with effectiveness due to barriers of effective interactions brought about by reduced social interactions because of busy schedules and engaging careers.
The story also highlights the sincerity of people in their respective social interactions. The sincerity of communication among people is one of the highlights of the use of the cell phone. It is evident that people use cell phones as a means of masking their identities given that mobile phones limit physical communication people. In addition, the mobile phone is one of the most noteworthy technological gadgets of the modern society. It is an express illustration that the mobile phone is one of the most influential gadgets in society.
It also illustrates the essence of physical social interactions and preferably communication. This is a means of ensuring sincerity in social interactions. After the demise of the owner of the cell phone, it interferes with the café business and slows down the business operations in the café. This is because the owner is nagged in talks with a variety of callers in the play. Hence, it is an illustration that the cell phone is highly engaging and an impediment in the execution of business as well as fruitful social interactions.
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