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Lim 1 Jason Lim ENG 260-03 Ms. Lambke 30 January 2010 WARNING: HAZARDOUS TECHNOLOGY Technology has advanced since the first man-made fire. New innovations are created to assist people in their daily lives, but not everyone will benefit from them. There is a chance that the inventions could harm people. Irene uses the radio as an escape from her life, suppressing the negative aspects of her life. George and Harrison are both physically and mentally restricted by government issued items. In Cheever's “The Enormous Radio” and Vonnegut's “Harrison Bergeron,” technology promotes erratic behavior and desensitizes humans to their own lives. Although the radio is old technology, Irene's life changes for the worst because of it. The introduction of the radio sets the tone for its future influences on Irene. In her well-furnished living room, the radio “stood among her intimate possessions like an aggressive intruder,” with its “dials flooded with malevolent green light” (102). Cheever twists a common household item into becoming a mechanical fiend. Originally purchased to listen to music, the radio radiates nearby conversations to Irene and slowly begins to poison her. She develops an obsession for it, absorbing the conversations that the radio tunes in to. Irene begins to listen to the radio at odd hours; Cheever writes, “It was very early. All the lights in the neighborhood were extinguished. ..She went into the living room and tried the radio” (105). To incorporate something more into one's life is a symptom of an addiction, and now Irene spends her free time listening to the mechanical messenger. She also begins to listen to it secretively. Irene “waited
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This note was uploaded on 04/25/2011 for the course ENGL 260 taught by Professor Bardowell during the Spring '11 term at Saint Louis.

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