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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's celebrated short story "A Sound of Thunder" includes several elements of a dystopian society. The story is set in the United States in the year 2055 A.D., which is a futuristic setting...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2019 9:55 am UTC

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The irony in Ray Bradbury’s 1952 short story A Sound of Thunder lies mainly in the story’s ending. Eckels is a man on a mission: hunt and kill a dinosaur. Towards this end, he arrives at the...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2014 8:46 pm UTC

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Figurative language uses figures of speech such as metaphors, similes, and allusions to create a deeper and more vivid impact on a reader. As a science fiction writer, author Ray Bradbury is...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2020 1:38 am UTC

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“The Sound of Thunder” is set in the year 2055. Time Safari, Inc. offers time-travel opportunities to hunt and kill exotic and now-extinct animals. In the hunt described in the story, the team of...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2016 11:29 am UTC

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The two candidates for president of the United States in the story are Deutscher and Keith. When the story begins, Eckels and the man behind the desk at the time travel business discuss the recent...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2018 8:39 pm UTC

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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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"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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Lesperance and Travis work for a time-traveling safari company. They offer customers the chance to travel back in time to hunt exotic beasts like dinosaurs. As time-traveling employees, they are...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2017 5:26 pm UTC

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Eckels is the hunter who panics and causes the permanent alteration of history in Ray Bradbury's science fiction short story "A Sound of Thunder." Going back in time to witness the hunt of the...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2009 9:49 am UTC

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When the safari participants return, many things have changed in the year 2055, due to an act of carelessness on Eckels's part. In Ray Bradbury's short story "A Sound of Thunder," Eckels, the main...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2016 2:55 am UTC

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There are two levels of narrative at which an antagonist may be identified; the broader conflict taking place due to the use of the time machine, and the specific conflict taking place between the...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2015 1:11 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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Ray Bradbury's short story "A Sound of Thunder" is a wonderful story that explores a variety of cause-and-effect relationships. You could stay somewhat simple and list out some basic...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2019 3:46 pm UTC

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Eckels does not want to kill the dinosaur because it looks too big to kill. Eckels hires Time Travel Safari, Inc. to take him into prehistoric times to kill a dinosaur. Eckels is an experienced...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2016 3:45 am UTC

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The setting of a story can be described as both the time and the place. Though the exact geographical location is not given, the place in time is. The story takes place both in the future and in...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2016 7:26 pm UTC

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There are two reasons for the stiff penalty for non-compliance with the instructions of Time Safari, Inc.: The company receives tremendous fines for any infractions, even possible government...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2016 9:52 pm UTC

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The climax of a story is the point at which the drama or tension is most acute. "Climax" comes from a Greek word meaning "ladder," so think of the reader climbing the rungs of the story and the...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2019 4:38 pm 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...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2019 7:20 am UTC

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"A Sound of Thunder" Bradbury employs metaphor, simile, parallelism, irony, and paradox. In the exposition of the story Bradbury writes in metaphor and simile, using parallelism to enhance the...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2009 2:08 am UTC

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Eckels travels with Time Safari, Inc. because he wants to go back in time to shoot a dinosaur. Eckels is an expert hunter looking for a new challenge. He spends a lot of money to hire the time...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2016 4:24 am UTC

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Billings and Kramer are the two other hunters who accompany Eckels, Travis, and Lesperance on the Time Safari to sixty million years in the past, where they hunt a Tyrannosaurus Rex. After...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2019 2:18 pm UTC

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The only similarity between Eckels and Travis is their feeling of awe towards the dinosaurs. Travis, for example, calls the dinosaur his "Royal Majesty," suggesting that he feels respect towards...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2018 10:23 am UTC

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The opening paragraphs of Bradbury's short story give a good sampling of the kinds of literary devices that are represented in "A Sound of Thunder." He opens right at the start with sensory...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2010 7:00 am UTC

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A Sound of Thunder by Ray Bradbury takes Eckles 60 million years in the past to the time of the dinosaurs for the purposes of hunting and killing a Tyrannosaurus Rex . Eckles is warned of the...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2014 7:09 am UTC

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Well, when we use the word "diction" we actually refer to something as simple as the choice of words that an author used and the kind of effect that those words create. Therefore, if you are after...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2011 6:45 pm UTC

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In Ray Bradbury's celebrated short story "A Sound of Thunder," Eckels signs up to participate in a Time Safari, where he will have the rare opportunity to travel sixty million years back in time to...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2020 10:41 am UTC

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When we think of point of view in terms of literature there are three different types that are used mainly by authors: first person, the omniscient point of view (all-knowing) and third person...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2010 11:30 pm UTC

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Eckels is warned several times during this story. I'm not 100% sure which warning the question is referring too. It doesn't really matter though. Each warning to Eckels foreshadows the same...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2016 12:21 am UTC

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In this story, Eckels has gone to the Time Safari company. He wants to take one of their trips, which involves going back in their time machine and shooting a dinosaur. He is told by the man at...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2010 10:50 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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To a certain extent, this is an opinion based question. Feel free to state why you think Travis is annoyed with Eckels, and then defend it. In my opinion, Travis is annoyed with Eckels because...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2016 11:17 pm UTC

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There are a few characters who are flat and static in “A Sound of Thunder”—these characters include the side or supporting roles. Here is a list of them: The man at the desk: A tiny part is played...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2019 12:27 am UTC

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The short story "A Sound of Thunder" is largely about unintended consequences. It is called the ripple effect or the butterfly effect. The story has entered our culture, because the butterfly...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2012 5:15 am UTC

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The sign tells customers that they can go to any time period and shoot any animal. The story takes place at some point in the future where the technology exists to travel through time. In addition...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2016 6:00 pm UTC

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The hunters are traveling far back in time to the dinosaur age for their safari. They have to be extremely cautious because if they in any way change even the tiniest detail of what happened in the...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2017 1:55 am UTC

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The response of Eckels when he sees the tyrannosaurus rex is to completely lose faith that it can ever be killed, and he looks at the gun in his hand and sees something that will never be able to...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2013 6:28 am UTC

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"A Sound of Thunder" concerns a group of hunters going into the past via a time machine, in order to hunt animals that are extinct in modern times. A significant amount of exposition is devoted to...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2015 1:52 am UTC

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Eckels is told very early on in the story that Time Safari, Inc. has strict rules. He is told to sign documents agreeing to the fact too. If he breaks the rules, there is a stiff monetary...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2016 1:30 pm UTC

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Although Bradbury does not specifically state what happens to Eckles, we can assume that Eckles is killed by Travis. Discovering that Eckles has indeed brought back something from the future and...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2008 5:34 pm UTC

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The man behind the desk says he does not guarantee they will come back alive. Eckels is a tourist. He is not just any tourist though. He is a very rich tourist. He has been a big game hunter for...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2015 12:02 am UTC

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Eckels does retrieve the bullets from the Tyrannosaurus Rex, but he does go off the path. Travis had warned him repeatedly not to go off the path. Even the slightest disturbance in the past could...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2016 3:47 pm UTC

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The man behind the desk and Eckels describe the opponent of their new president as a man who is against everything. They are both relieved that the president is another man. This part of the...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2016 9:17 pm UTC

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Travis is one of the Time Safari guides. This means that he leads a group of rich or adventurous people on trips that go back in time to do various things like hunt and kill dinosaurs. He's the...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2018 12:43 am UTC

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One of the main themes that Ray Bradbury explores in the short story "A Sound of Thunder" concerns the consequences of the butterfly effect. The butterfly effect, also known as the chaos theory, is...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2018 3:19 pm UTC

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Ray Bradbury's futuristic short story "A Sound of Thunder," tells the tale of a man named Eckels who has paid a significant sum of money to take a time machine to the Cretaceous period to hunt a...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2016 12:13 am UTC

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The famous science fiction story "A Sound of Thunder" by Ray Bradbury tells of a safari that travels back in time to hunt the terrible predatory dinosaur, Tyrannosaurus Rex. Although from the...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2018 1:47 am UTC

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What Eckels's action shows is that one small change can have huge consequences. The change in the election outcome shows the reader that something as seemingly mundane as a single butterfly death...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2016 2:24 pm UTC

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You are asking about one of my favorite topics ever. Time travel and paradox consequences. I'm a real nerd for that topic. The "butterfly effect" is simply this. Small changes in the past can...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2016 7:18 pm UTC

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The use of technology without moral conviction means that people embrace technology without principles that guide behavior. In many ways, Bradbury's story is about the use of technology without...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2015 6:27 am UTC

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