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The two most significant and related themes of the story "A Sound of Thunder," are that the existence of everything is connected to the existence of everything else and that human life cannot be...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2021, 2:33 pm (UTC)

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The main metaphor in this story is, as the first answer says, thunder. The metaphor of thunder seems to be used just to describe the sheer physical awesomeness of the dinosaur, but it is much more...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2015, 6:59 pm (UTC)

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As Ray Bradbury's story "A Sound of Thunder" introduces its characters, setting, and plot and as it builds tension toward its climax, it incorporates several details that foreshadow occurrences...

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Ray Bradbury had a very florid writing style, rich in description and metaphor, and "A Sound of Thunder" is no exception. Consider the following passage, when Bradbury describes the Tyrannosaurus:...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2020, 8:30 pm (UTC)

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As a writer, Bradbury was renowned for his highly lyrical prose. Much of his writing was extremely imagery intensive and flooded with metaphor. "A Sound of Thunder" is no exception. In this short...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2021, 11:11 am (UTC)

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Personification is the attribution of human characteristics to something that is not human. As we read through Bradbury's short story, we find a great deal of figurative language, and...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2020, 12:00 pm (UTC)

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Travis kills Eckels at the end of the story because Eckels disobeyed the rules of traveling back into time to the dinosaur age—but as we will see, Bradbury implies it is more complicated than...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2018, 10:50 am (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2018, 11:32 am (UTC)

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The short answer to this question is: We don’t know for sure. What we do know is that a group of hunters went back to prehistoric time with the Time Safari leaders to shoot and kill a Tyrannosaurus...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2016, 11:56 am (UTC)

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The most obvious foreshadowing is when Travis warns Eckles about leaving the path. He states that even if Eckles stepped on and killed a mouse it could result in mice dying out, which in turn could...

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The first sound of thunder that Eckels hears are the steps of the gigantic Tyrannosaurus Rex walking through the forest. The thunderous steps drown out the myriad of forest sounds as Eckels and the...

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One could argue that the primary conflict in Ray Bradbury's celebrated short story "A Sound of Thunder" is a Man vs. Nature conflict. In a typical Man vs. Nature conflict, characters struggle...

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"A Sound of Thunder" begins with Eckels standing before the Time Safari Sign, then paying the ten thousand dollars to travel back in time. I feel that this decision, to go back in time to kill the...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2020, 4:15 am (UTC)

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I would not describe Eckels in very positive terms. I have never liked the character of Eckels. The fact that he messes everything up in the present doesn't exactly endear him to me. I would...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2015, 1:23 pm (UTC)

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Before Eckels leaves with his safari guides to shoot a dinosaur from the prehistoric past, he says, If the election had gone badly yesterday, I might be here now running away from the results....

Latest answer posted May 8, 2020, 11:47 pm (UTC)

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There are several external conflicts in the short story "A Sound of Thunder." The dangerous Tyrannosaurus Rex that threatens Eckels's life is an example of an external man vs. nature conflict. The...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2020, 5:37 pm (UTC)

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One could make the argument that Eckels is the protagonist and Time Safari, Inc. is the antagonist of Bradbury's celebrated short story "A Sound of Thunder." Eckels is certainly the protagonist of...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2020, 1:39 pm (UTC)

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In "A Sound of Thunder," Ray Bradbury explores how apparently minor changes in the past might create catastrophic changes to the future. With this in mind, Time Safari has set up various safeguards...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2020, 8:25 pm (UTC)

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In "A Sound of Thunder," Mr. Travis is an employee of Time Safari Inc. He is a safari guide, tasked with telling people what they can shoot and when to take the shot. It is also his responsibility...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2017, 10:31 am (UTC)

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Eckels is a pompous blowhard. That might be not be technical enough, but it is how I would describe him. Perhaps a better character description of Eckels would be to describe him as an arrogant...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2016, 1:55 pm (UTC)

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I would say that the overall mood of Ray Bradbury's "A Sound of Thunder" is suspenseful and intense. Both of those feelings are given to the reader because Bradbury makes sure that the reader...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2015, 1:09 am (UTC)

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Before Eckels embarks on the Time Safari, President Keith recently won the election over a dictatorial candidate named Deutscher. Both Eckels and the man behind the desk are glad that Keith won the...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2020, 10:06 am (UTC)

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The title is a phrase taken from the narrative of Bradbury's short story; it is used twice. The first time it is a description of the footsteps of the Tyrannosaurus Rex that Eckels has contracted...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2016, 4:42 am (UTC)

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The basic setting in which the story takes place is a jungle in which a safari is being conducted. The characters are on a type of safari- like hunt for a Tyrannosaurus Rex. The safari is taking...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2012, 9:09 am (UTC)

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In the famous science fiction short story "A Sound of Thunder" by Ray Bradbury, a man named Eckels books a place in an unusual hunting expedition through a company called Time Safari, Inc. He and a...

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When he travels into the pre-historic past, Eckels steps off the anti-gravity path made by Time Safari, Inc., and in so doing, he kills a butterfly. This act has consequences that reach all the way...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2016, 7:30 pm (UTC)

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The theme of Bradbury's short story is related to how everything in has a purpose and there is a causal connection for all of the events that subsume us. There are things interlinked to a degree...

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A theme throughout Bradbury's work is the need to for humans to be in control of the powerful technology we have developed or might develop in the future. We should handle it with care and not...

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Eckels is a nervous man. Eckels is a big game hunter. He hires Time Safari, Inc. to take him back to the days of the dinosaurs so he can shoot a Tyrannosaurus Rex. However, Eckels is a bit of a...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2016, 4:43 pm (UTC)

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When Eckels confronts the dinosaur, his initial reaction is one of disbelief. He says that it is "impossible" to kill this dinosaur and that they were "fools" to come. In other words, Eckels has...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2017, 8:43 am (UTC)

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The climax of a story is the turning point. It's the point where everything changes. The climax of this story occurs once Eckels and the safari group return to the present. They realize that the...

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Indirect characterization is the process whereby an author shows us a character's traits through their speech and behavior. Direct characterization occurs when the narrator or another character in...

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When the time travelers return to 2055, they immediately notice that the man behind the desk in the office has changed in a subtle way. As Bradbury writes, "the same man did not quite sit behind...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2017, 2:21 pm (UTC)

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I think there's an argument that we don't entirely know the full nature of the changes Eckels has created in the timeline. Afterall, what we see at the end of the story is, more than anything else,...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2020, 4:22 am (UTC)

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Changing anything but what they came there for will trigger the Butterfly Effect. The Butterfly Effect describes unexpected consequences from a minor event. When Eckels steps on the butterfly, he...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2016, 9:36 pm (UTC)

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In "A Sound of Thunder," hunters time travel. When they travel back in time, the hunters must be extremely careful not to alter anything at all that exists in the previous time in which they insert...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2017, 11:16 am (UTC)

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The time travel paradox is that you might go back in time and meet yourself. A paradox is a contradiction. The problem with time travel is that if it were really possible, nothing could change....

Latest answer posted May 24, 2016, 10:23 am (UTC)

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The point of view of any story is the perspective from which it is told. In Ray Bradbury's "A Sound of Thunder," we are told the story from the perspective of Eckels, in a "third-person limited"...

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Time Safari Inc. is certainly a disreputable business which relies on government corruption to remain open while jeopardizing the future of humanity to make a profit. Travis explicitly tells Eckels...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2020, 10:54 am (UTC)

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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...

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Internal conflicts occur within the character's own mind. For example, wrestling with a moral decision or facing fear are kinds of internal dilemmas a character might experience. External conflicts...

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Similes are comparisons using like or as. I have included many similes from "A Sound of Thunder." You will want to search the text yourself and see what else you can find. Because Bradbury is a...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2018, 12:34 am (UTC)

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An allusion is a reference in one work of literature to another piece of literature or to historical events or figures. In 1952, when "A Sound of Thunder" was first published, World War II had...

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In Ray Bradbury’s short story “A Sound of Thunder,” Eckels wants to go back in time to hunt dinosaurs because he is what is commonly called a “trophy hunter.” Trophy hunters are those who crave the...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2017, 2:03 am (UTC)

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The most re-published short story in science fiction history, Ray Bradbury's "A Sound of Thunder" deals with the idea of time travel and how subtle changes in the past can drastically affect the...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2010, 8:44 am (UTC)

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Because "A Sound of Thunder" is an exploration and critique of the hubris of using advanced technology for frivolous purposes, the story has two settings: the age of dinosaurs and the "present day"...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2018, 11:40 am (UTC)

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"A Sound of Thunder" describes the misadventure of a rich big-game hunter, Eckels, who has paid for a "time safari" - a trip to the distant past using a time machine, in order to hunt animals that...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2016, 3:37 pm (UTC)

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When Eckels sees the gigantic Tyrannosaurus Rex for the first time, he panics and runs back to the Time Machine while Travis and Lesperance shoot the dinosaur as it rapidly closes in on them. When...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2019, 2:20 pm (UTC)

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"The sound of thunder" occurs five times in Ray Bradbury's short story of the same name: four times in reference to the Tyrannosaurus Rex, and once in reference to a gunshot. The sound of thunder...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2018, 10:00 am (UTC)

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I would argue that "A Sound of Thunder" does not show the standard heroic journey that can be found in a great many pieces of literature and/or movies. The standard heroic journey will often...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2020, 4:31 pm (UTC)

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