The Sound Machine A Window on the Universe Themes
The Sound Machine
- Seems like a sinister box from the start: black, and shaped like a coffin; ambiguity about what he’s doing makes him seem like a mad professor
- Klausner wants to tune into the natural world: envisages beauty in nature that he can’t access, and wants to find/hear it
- Again there is the recurring theme of people who don’t believe: Mrs Saunders doesn’t believe Klausner about the roses, because she thinks he is mad; then a blurred line, because he becomes a mad axeman
- The cruel justice of the tree breaking the machine that caused its pain, or is it just a coincidence?
Klausner becomes obsessed with the idea that the plants have human feelings and emotions (e.g. makes the doctor clean the tree’s ‘wound’ with iodine)