When reading the short story written by Anwar F. Accawi, The Telephone, you will learn more about the village Magdaluna and its inhabitants who become overcome by a telephone. This place is quite simple because villagers don’t have much so that any technology is new and interesting to them. They used to judge time by specific events that happen. As an example, a birth of some important person or an earthquake is enough to get a feel of time concepts.
Kids play in the street and do some things for adults for a small sum of money. The main character grew up in this village and he feels happy with his life so that he thinks that changes are not good because he has a lot of fun without the benefits offered by technology. That’s why he assumes that other people are happy too.
However, when a telephone arrives, this is what changes the lives of all inhabitants forever. The main reason is that it brings a number of unique and new opportunities to them. It’s no wonder the whole village sits by a telephone and waits for it to ring and bring them news or chances to earn money. They start worshipping a phone quite soon, and the gatherings around it are bigger and bigger. This is how they start receiving good job opportunities and leave their village, but it upsets many inhabitants of Magdaluna, especially the main character.
It’s clear that a telephone disturbs the normal way of living of many local people because it takes them away from the lifestyle that they all enjoyed. That’s why he claims in this short story that a phone is bad. Well, readers may agree with this kind of statement to some extent. It’s hard to deny that it has a bad impact on the whole village because inhabitants are torn appear from each other and they must change their unique way of living.
In their normal lifestyle, time doesn’t matter a lot so that there are almost no worries. Before the use of a telephone, all people were more relaxed and socialized but then they start to huddle around it and wait for a new opportunity for a long time. For example, you should take a look at Im Kaleem, a female character who pleased men in this town. Her house was used by many men to play cards, drink, spend a good time, etc. It was always full of guys fulfilling their intimate desires with her, until a telephone arrived. This event changed her life too because her house is empty, and the main reason is that men prefer to spend their time around a telephone.
When reading the short story written by Anwar F. Accawi, The Telephone, you will learn more about the village Magdaluna and its inhabitants who become overcome by a telephone. This place is quite simple because villagers don’t have much so that any technology is new and interesting to them. They used to judge time by specific events that happen.