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Exposition is basically how an author develops the beginning of a story by “providing of some background information to the audience about the plot, characters' histories, setting, and theme”...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2012 6:23 pm UTC

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Eckels and his guide react in markedly different ways when the Tyrannosaurus Rex steps out of the jungle and approaches them: Eckels is terrified and cannot shoot, but Travis reacts quickly and...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2015 7:34 pm UTC

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Once the Time Machine stops sixty million years in the past, Travis issues a few significant warnings to the inexperienced hunters on their first expedition. Travis begins by instructing them to...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2019 9:56 am UTC

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The path could symbolize a number of things in this wonderful short story. It very easily could be symbolic of technology and man's ingenuity. It exists in the past where no technology of that...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2019 12:24 am UTC

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The line that you are looking for can be found about halfway through the story. Eckels is listing off all of the massive animals that he has supposedly hunted and killed at previous times in his...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2019 8:03 pm UTC

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In addition to its clear science fiction and time travel elements, Bradbury’s “A Sound of Thunder” is also an example of speculative fiction. Speculative fiction is set in the future and imagines...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2018 1:12 am UTC

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These two symbolic items are symbolic of different ideas. The thunder symbolically represents death and danger. The main usages for thunder are in describing the Tyrannosaurus rex. It thunders...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2018 3:32 pm UTC

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There are only a few characters given names and significant speaking parts in "A Sound of Thunder" - Eckels, the apparently rich civilian who purchased the time safari, and Travis, the safari...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2015 5:03 pm UTC

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Generally, "spoiler alert" comes before you write the spoiler :) It's a good thing I've read this story before. You have it correct. The future is put in jeopardy when Eckels steps off of...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2015 10:23 pm UTC

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Upon seeing the gigantic, terrifying Tyrannosaurus Rex, Eckles is overwhelmed with fear and immediately sprints towards the Time Machine. Unfortunately, Eckels leaves the floating Path and...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2019 4:21 pm UTC

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While very hopeful for the future of man, Ray Bradbury, nevertheless, foresaw the dangers inherent in the use of technology by humans blinded to their own interests. For, Bradbury felt that this...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2013 2:56 am UTC

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Eckels made the mistake of walking off the edge of the floating path while hunting dinosaurs in the past. "This fool nearly killed us. But it isn't that so much, no. It's his shoes! Look at...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2016 3:58 pm UTC

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"A Sound of Thunder" tells the story of a group of hunters on a "time safari" - using a time machine to travel into the past and hunt extinct animals. A significant amount of detail in the story...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2015 2:37 am UTC

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Eckels jokingly aims his rifle early and is scolded by Travis. The hunters who hire Time Safari’s services are warned not to shoot anything except the dinosaur they have been assigned. Time Safari...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2016 1:44 am UTC

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After leaving the Path and stepping on the prehistoric butterfly, which dramatically alters the entire course of human civilization and results in Deutscher's presidency, Eckels and the group of...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2018 7:20 pm UTC

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You can predict the ending based on the comments about changing the future and the discussion of who is president. You can make a prediction that the men are going to change the future from the...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2016 3:47 am UTC

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In Ray Bradbury's short story "A Sound of Thunder", humans have figured out how to travel in time. There exist companies that make money from this, including the one in the story, Time Safari, Inc....

Latest answer posted November 5, 2015 9:05 pm UTC

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As in most of his work, Bradbury writes "A Sound of Thunder" in a lyrical style, the solidity of prose transformed into the liquid of poetry—while he still retains all the conventions of a plotted...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2017 10:57 am UTC

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I think two major feelings expressed in Bradbury's story are disgust and anger. I believe that readers are meant to be disgusted by Eckels's pompous, selfish, and cavalier attitude. Throughout the...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2016 2:13 am UTC

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Ray Bradbury's "A Sound of Thunder" does possess a serious theme. That said, some readers may not readily identify a theme in a text if he or she is simply reading for entertainment and does not...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2013 11:15 pm UTC

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"A Sound of Thunder," a short story by science fiction master Ray Bradbury, describes a group of hunters who go back in time to kill a Tyrannosaurus Rex. However, the trip goes awry when the...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2009 6:25 am UTC

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Bradbury's story revolves around what is known as the "Butterfly Effect," the phenomenon in which even the most minimal change in a complex system of some kind can have marked and lasting effects...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2014 9:02 pm UTC

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The elements of plot are exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. Exposition The exposition of a story is where the basic premise is introduced. We meet the characters,...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2016 2:31 am UTC

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While it was published in 1952, A Sound of Thunder is set in the year 2055, over 100 years in the future. But it obviously is influenced by the events of Bradbury's time. The political element of...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2015 5:13 pm UTC

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The most prominent piece of futuristic technology described in Ray Bradbury's classic short story "A Sound of Thunder" is the Time Machine itself. This device allows travelers like Travis,...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2019 10:28 am UTC

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“The Sound of Thunder” is a short story about time travel. The protagonist, Eckel, wants to go back in time to hunt dinosaurs. A company provides this possibility and the experience of a lifetime....

Latest answer posted January 12, 2019 11:05 pm UTC

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The men wear oxygen helmets so that they do not introduce modern germs into the ancient air. When the men visit the past with Time Safari, Inc., they have to be very careful not to affect the...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2016 1:36 am UTC

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In "A Sound of Thunder" Bradbury warns us of the dangers of abusing technology. Technology can give us greater control over ourselves, each other, and the world around us. But it can also lead us...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2018 9:51 am UTC

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"The Sound of Thunder" is a short story by Ray Brabury that explores the concept of time travel. In the story, a man named Eckels pays $10,000 to go back in time and hunt a Tyrannosaurus rex....

Latest answer posted October 11, 2020 1:36 pm UTC

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A rather self-serving wealthy man, Eckels contracts with Time Safari, Inc. to take him in a time machine in order to have the thrill of shooting the Tyrannosaurus Rex, one of the dinosaurs of the...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2013 2:49 am UTC

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Eckels is one of the hunters who accompanies the Time Safari group as it travels to prehistoric time to kill a dinosaur. The group leaders, Travis and Lesperance, have done their best to insure...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2016 11:41 am UTC

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Eckels is completely overawed by the sudden appearance of the Tyrannosaurus Rex. It's quite unlike anything he's ever seen before. Towering thirty feet above the trees, this majestic—but...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2018 9:25 am UTC

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Since “A Sound of Thunder” is the title, and the phrase is used twice in the story, these words must be considered important to us. They hold the key to understanding the theme. The first time they...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2016 11:55 am UTC

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Bradbury wrote “A Sound of Thunder” to remind us that even small events in the past have an impact on the future. Bradbury enjoyed writing speculative fiction with a social message. Although we...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2013 1:01 am UTC

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Eckels is a man with money to spare who wishes to consume the ultimate safari experience of traveling into the far distant past to shoot an animal far more fearsome than a lion or a tiger. He wants...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2018 12:11 pm UTC

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In the context of the story, it is believable that Eckels's action of accidentally stepping on a prehistoric butterfly could have serious consequences that impact the future of humanity. The genre...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2020 11:18 am UTC

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In "A Sound of Thunder," Eckels is purchasing a time safari from a company that owns a time machine. The company offers guided trips to the distant past, allowing hunters to kill animals that are...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2015 1:25 am UTC

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This question is asking about the final moments of the story. Eckels, Travis, and the rest of the safari group have returned to the present. Unfortunately, it is not the present that they left...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2016 2:27 pm UTC

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"A Sound of Thunder" describes a group of hunters on a time safari - a hunting expedition that uses a time machine to travel into the distant past and hunt animals that are extinct in the modern...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2015 10:43 pm UTC

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As far as the plot of "A Sound of Thunder" is concerned, I think you can probably tell a similar story in any number of different settings by inventing any number of potential scenarios, but they...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2019 7:52 am UTC

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So many of Bradbury's narratives contain technology that had not yet been created--huge, flat-screen televisions, thimble radios much like earbuds; always attached to this technology is his warning...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2014 1:50 am UTC

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In the offices of Time Safari, Inc., a hunter named Eckels has contracted to travel back to pre-historic times so that he can shoot a Tyrannosaurus Rex. While he is in the office prior to his...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2013 5:33 pm UTC

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What service does the Time Safari business offer? Its guides use a time travel machine to take hunters back to past times in order to kill animals that they are unable to hunt, in the present...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2016 3:07 pm UTC

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Travis is the Time Safari leader, who explains the rules regarding their expedition to the past to hunt a Tyrannosaurus Rex and elaborates on the importance of following his exact instructions...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2019 3:21 pm UTC

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In addition to the butterfly and T-Rex, the representatives of pre-historic time, there are other symbols in "A Sound of Thunder": The Time Machine One of man's inventions, the time machine...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2012 7:36 pm UTC

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Eckels has come to the Time Safari office for a chance to travel sixty million years into the past and hunt a living Tyrannosaurus Rex. Eckels and several other thrill-seeking hunters pay ten...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2018 12:25 pm UTC

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The hunters and safari guides travel approximately 60,200,055 years into the past to hunt a ferocious Tyrannosaurus rex, which has already been spotted and identified by a previous safari guide to...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2019 10:44 am UTC

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A Sound of Thunder did originally contain comic-book style illustrations. The pictures do help convey the tone of the story. In the beginning, the pictures are bright and cheery, full of wonder....

Latest answer posted October 16, 2011 10:30 am UTC

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As he travels in the Time Machine of Time Safari, Inc. in which he has contracted for the opportunity to kill a Tyrannosaurus Rex, Eckels asks the Safari Leader named Travis if it is possible to...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2016 10:09 pm UTC

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Eckels is the main character in Ray Bradbury's "A Sound of Thunder". He has paid a lot of money to a company, Time Safari Inc., to be sent back into the past so that he may hunt a dinosaur. The...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2016 7:01 pm UTC

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