BUTTON BUTTON BY RICHARD MATHESON PDF

Notes on English Textbooks. Synopsis Arthur and Norma Lewis are slowly descending into abject poverty. One day, they receive a mysterious locked box with a button on it and a note that says a Mr. Steward will come visit. Then, just as the note says, a smartly-dressed stranger who introduces himself as Steward comes to their door when Arthur is out. After the stranger leaves, the Lewises wonder whether Steward's proposal is genuine, and agonize over whether to press the button.

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The episode is based on the short story of the same name by Richard Matheson; the same short story forms the basis of the film The Box. In a documentary on the making of the movie The Box , Matheson states the inspiration of the story came from his wife, whose college professor had asked a similar question as a way of promoting a class discussion. Arthur and Norma Lewis live in a low-rent apartment and are slowly descending into abject poverty.

One day they receive a mysterious locked box with a button atop it and a note that says Mr. Steward will come visit. Then, just as the note said, a smartly dressed stranger who introduces himself as Mr. Steward comes to their door while Arthur is away. After the stranger leaves, Arthur and Norma wonder whether Steward's proposal is genuine, and they debate whether to press the button.

Norma rationalizes that they could make good use of the money and that the one who dies might be an old Chinese peasant or a person with cancer. Arthur hypothesizes that pressing the button could cause the death of an innocent baby. They open the box and discover it to be empty, with no mechanism that the button could for whatever purpose activate. Arthur angrily throws the box in the trash and tells Norma to forget the whole scheme. He remarks that Mr. The next day, as Arthur leaves for work he sees Norma sitting at the kitchen table transfixed by the button.

Finally, she decides to push the button much to her husband's disgust. The next day, Mr. Norma asks what is to be done with the money, to which Steward remarks that they should spend it.

Norma also asks what will happen to the box and Steward replies that the button will be "reprogrammed" and offered to someone else with the same terms and conditions.

Just before leaving, Steward focuses on Norma and ominously states "I can assure you it will be offered to someone whom you don't know " The story was republished as part of a collection of Matheson's short stories.

In the original short story, the plot is resolved differently. A despondent Norma asks the stranger why her husband was the one who was killed. The stranger replies, "Do you really think you knew your husband?

Matheson strongly disapproved of the Twilight Zone version, especially the new ending, and used his pseudonym Logan Swanson for the teleplay. Based on the Chateaubriand 's Mandarin paradox. The Box , a feature film based on this story, starring Cameron Diaz and James Marsden was released in The Twilight Zone episode is played out within the first hour, followed by further events within the context of the film's additional plot.

Basil Hoffman, the actor who plays Steward in the Twilight Zone episode, also appears in the film, but as character Don Poates. A radio play version of the story is written by Henry Slesar who also produced the radio program.

It was repeated at least twice on March 15, , and again October 7, In this version of the story, a man who is desperate for money is offered the chance to make a fortune. All he has to do is commit an anonymous murder where he will not even have to see the victim. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Main article: The Box film.

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Button, Button

The episode is based on the short story of the same name by Richard Matheson; the same short story forms the basis of the film The Box. In a documentary on the making of the movie The Box , Matheson states the inspiration of the story came from his wife, whose college professor had asked a similar question as a way of promoting a class discussion. Arthur and Norma Lewis live in a low-rent apartment and are slowly descending into abject poverty. One day they receive a mysterious locked box with a button atop it and a note that says Mr. Steward will come visit. Then, just as the note said, a smartly dressed stranger who introduces himself as Mr. Steward comes to their door while Arthur is away.

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Reading Matheson’s “Button, Button”

Thank YOU! What if that meant that each time you pressed the button, it would mean the death of someone? Norma, the wife, has no idea what it is and so she is more than intrigued curious; wants to know when her own doorbell is rung by a suited gentleman man wearing a suit resembling looks like a door-to-door salesman. He, Mr. Steward, asks Norma and her husband, Arthur, to listen to his explanation. Such a strange looking device. And that, with each press, they could earn more.

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