In "A Sound of Thunder", explain Eckels' personality.  

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Eckels is an arrogant person; he is used to being in charge, yet he lacks self knowledge. He doesn't consider the serious ramifications of time travel. It's simply another experience he can consume.

He therefore underestimates the risk of traveling back to the dinosaur age. In fact, he gets angry when the man behind the desk suggests he might be eaten by a dinosaur as Eckels signs the release form that acknowledges the company is not responsible for what happens to him:

Eckels flushed angrily. “Trying to scare me!”

Eckels also has romantic ideas about the past. He is taken in by the time travel company's advertising, which he remembers as

everything fly back to seed, flee death, rush down to their beginnings, suns rise in western skies and set in glorious easts, moons eat themselves opposite to the custom, all and everything cupping one in another like Chinese boxes

Eckels likes the idea that his money can buy him the right to shoot an animal from the past and initially has little understanding as Travis tries to explain to him the dangers of changing even the smallest event from long ago.

Eckels, used to being in charge, doesn't like to be told what to do. He flushes (a sign of his anger) back in the dinosaur age when Travis tells him to put down the gun he is aiming playfully. Eckels tries to regain control by asserting possession, asking Travis "Where's our Tyrannosaurus?”

When he sees it, he decides for himself that it can't be killed, showing he is used to consulting his own opinion and nobody else's. If he thinks something, it must be true. He's not used to being deferential or humble:

“It can’t be killed.” Eckels pronounced this verdict quietly, as if there could be no argument. He had weighed the evidence and this was his considered opinion.

Of course, he is wrong. He also overestimates himself: the Tyrannosaurus frightens him much more than he expected, and this causes him to leave the path and enter the jungle.

His reaction to the dinosaur and his mistake in killing a butterfly humbles him to the point he apologizes, but it is too late. His arrogance has already changed history.

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In "A Sound of Thunder", Eckels is apparently a rich, leisured hunter who pursues rare experiences and novelties. This leads him to purchase an expensive time safari, in which he will be taken into the distant past via a time machine, to hunt animals that are extinct in the modern era. 

Two significant elements flesh out some of Eckels' personality; his reliance on money to get what he wants, and his lack of insight. 

His relationship with money seems indistinct at first - we merely know that he has paid a large amount of it to purchase the trip. We might assume that a person to whom money is more significant might have better researched what he was purchasing, but Eckels is full of questions and apparent ignorance, which may indicate that he simply pursued the novelty offered by the time safari company without a second thought. Later, his true relationship with money is revealed when he offers to buy his way into the good graces of the safari leaders after he has violated their rules and probably altered the timeline, not realizing that money is an irrelevant compensation for such an act.

Eckels is basically rich but ignorant, and like some of Bradbury's other stories such as "The Veldt" he serves as a warning about allowing the comfort, convenience and novelty of technology and civilized lifestyles to overwhelm and stagnate our self-control and sensibility.

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