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How does the author create suspense in the short story "A Sound of Thunder"?

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Bradbury initially creates suspense when one of the Time Safari officials tells Eckels that their company does not guarantee his safety during the expedition. Eckels's expedition to the distant past, where he will hunt a prehistoric Tyrannosaurus Rex, is suspenseful and provides an element of danger to the plot. Travis, the Safari Leader, adds to the suspense by informing Eckels that six Safari Leaders and a dozen hunters were killed last year. The reader senses that Eckels is risking his life for the chance to hunt a deadly Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Once the hunters and Safari guides travel back in time, Travis proceeds to lecture everyone on the importance of staying on the path and obeying every directive. His emphasis on obeying the rules and not altering the environment increases the suspense and foreshadows Eckels's tragic mistake. The tension continues to rise as Travis...

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