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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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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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It sounds like your teacher simply wants your opinion. You can answer the question honestly, but do remember that when a teacher asks this kind of question, he or she is really wanting you to...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2016 11:02 pm UTC

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The text does not state why Travis or any of the other Time Safari Inc. employees work for the company. It is up to the reader to come up with some possible reasons. One of my reasons for why...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2016 9:50 pm UTC

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The year is 2055. Time Safari, Inc. is a business that uses a time machine to take people back to the past in order to hunt animals that are now extinct. It uses some preventive measures to insure...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2016 3:50 pm UTC

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At the beginning of the story, Eckels arrives at the office of the Time Safari and remarks to the employee behind the desk that they are fortunate President Keith won the election. The man behind...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2019 2:32 am UTC

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The short story "A Sound of Thunder" has a huge element of surprise at the end of the story. In the beginning of the piece, the reader learns of a guided safari company that allows people to...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2015 4:38 pm 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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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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There are four different locations, or settings, in the science fiction short story "A Sound of Thunder" by Ray Bradbury. These include the Time Safari office, the interior of the time machine...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2020 6:00 pm UTC

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At the beginning of the story, Eckels arrives at the Time Safari office and is astonished by the amazing Time Machine. As Eckels stares at the Time Machine, he alludes to possibly traveling back in...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2019 5:10 pm UTC

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The Time Safari, Inc. folks are doing their best to avoid doing anything that will change future events. They built a path that everyone must stay on, so that nothing is disturbed in the old...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2016 11:21 am 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 Time Safari company chooses dinosaurs that are about to die, and that can be shot with their guns, and marks them with red paint. Time Safari is a company that takes people back in a time...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2013 10:15 pm UTC

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The Butterfly Effect theme is the idea that a small event can have large effects. It is the idea that “the slightest change in the initial conditions of a chaotic system can accumulate in the long...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2012 4:37 pm UTC

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The word exposition comes from Latin and means "a showing forth." It is the part of the story, usually at the beginning, that introduces background information on the setting, characters, and...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2016 4:50 am UTC

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Eckels visits the Time Safari company. Time Safari Inc. is a company that allows hunters in the present tense to travel back in time and kill any animal they want. It is a company that seeks to...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2013 1:13 pm UTC

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The third-person narrator of "A Sound of Thunder" sets the scene of the various parts of the story as seen through the eyes of Eckels, who is the main character. The narrator also puts the reader...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2018 7:19 pm UTC

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The answer to this question can be found fairly early on in the story. Readers are told that the initial setting is inside a "Time Safari" office, and then we are told that Eckels walks in and...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2018 7:05 pm UTC

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This is a super interesting question. On one hand, the story is told chronologically. Eckels shows up to the time travel company, he pays his money, the group goes back in time, Eckels freaks out...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2019 12:51 am UTC

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Travis and the other safari guides have strict procedures in place that have so far worked to keep the present/future safe. I think the most important procedure that they have in place is the...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2019 11:21 pm UTC

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There are, indeed, several hints of things to come in Bradbury's short story. When Eckels arrives at the Time Safari, Inc., he swallows hard and "a warm phlegm gathered" in his throat. Evidently,...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2013 2:27 am UTC

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This story is set in the future, sometime around the year 2055 or later. In this setting, a time machine has been developed. It isn't explained if the machine is a proprietary technology (not...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2015 1:21 am UTC

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The story is generally about Eckels' trip on a "time safari" - going into the distant past via a time machine to hunt extinct animals. However, when the hunting party encounters the tyrannosaur...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2015 2:00 am UTC

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In the short story "A Sound of Thunder," Ray Bradbury uses Eckels' careless personality and actions, as well as the narratives internal and external conflicts, to emphasize the theme that all...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2016 6:35 am UTC

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There are a few very significant things about which Eckels must be extremely cautious as he embarks upon his hunting trip for the monstrous Tyrannosaurus Rex: He must strictly obey his guide,...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2014 6:19 am UTC

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In Ray Bradbury's short story "The Sound of Thunder," Eckels arrives at the futuristic Time Safari to embark on a dangerous hunting expedition in the distant past. Eckles is depicted as a naive,...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2020 6:16 pm UTC

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I would argue that Bradbury's target audience for "A Sound of Thunder" would be quite sophisticated, those who consider themselves devotees of modern technology. Bradbury is by no means a Luddite;...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2018 7:10 am UTC

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The hunters on this dinosaur safari have been told by the company arranging the trip, Time Safari Inc., that they must stick to the path laid out for them at all times. The path is made of...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2019 10:15 am UTC

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In A Sound of Thunder, written by Ray Bradbury, Eckels pays to travel into the past by using a time machine. In paragraph 3, the reader can already get a glimpse into his character, which I am...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2019 11:08 am UTC

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The exact moment that the future of humanity dramatically transforms in Bradbury's short story "The Sound of Thunder" is the moment Eckels runs off the hovering Path and accidentally steps on a...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2019 9:59 am UTC

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As Lesperance explains, it is very important for the hunters to go back in time and mark the dinosaur to be killed with red paint so that the safari goers kill one that is about to die anyway. The...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2019 6:23 pm UTC

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The title to Ray Bradbury’s 1952 short story “A Sound of Thunder” implies absolutely nothing as one begins to read it, and its meaning remains vague even after it has been read. The opening of the...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2014 3:30 pm UTC

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At the beginning of Ray Bradbury's short story "The Sound of Thunder," Eckels is excited about the possibility of hunting a dinosaur and cannot wait to travel millions of years into the past to...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2019 12:45 pm UTC

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Eckels wants to travel back in time to hunt and kill a dinosaur. Eckels is paying ten thousand dollars to be a part of a safari group going back in time. The company that does this is Time...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2016 7:16 pm UTC

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This is an interesting question, as we don't have the capacity for time travel in the modern world. But Bradbury does have two points to make that are applicable to today. First, one main concept...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2019 12:48 am UTC

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The majority of "A Sound of Thunder" takes place in the distant past, during the end of the Cretaceous period when dinosaurs were still alive. However, this occurs in the context of a future...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2015 4:37 pm UTC

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The story actually has two or three settings, depending on how you view them. In its framework, the action is set in the future, presumably in the year 2055. Time travel is possible, but only by...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2016 12:28 pm UTC

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Eckels is the man who changes the present. . . by changing the past . . . because as George Orwell wrote, "whoever controls the past, controls the present." The first thing to know about this...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2015 9:24 pm UTC

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Word choice helps Bradbury convey a tone of wonder and poetry about time travel. For example, rather than just state the facts about the time travel machine, Bradbury uses a metaphor to describe...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2019 7:29 pm UTC

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In "A Sound of Thunder", Eckels is going on a time safari - he is paying a hunting company to send him and a group of guides to the distant past, using a time machine, so that he can hunt animals...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2015 1:06 am UTC

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When you say "butterfly effect," I assume that you mean the idea that one change that seems really unimportant (like a butterfly flapping its wings) can lead (through a bunch of intermediate steps)...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2010 12:04 pm UTC

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In "A Sound of Thunder," the walkway is crucial to the success of the safari and the world because it ensures that nothing in the past is altered. This is important because any change made in the...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2017 8:33 am UTC

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The premise of the story "A Sound of Thunder" is that any change to the past, regardless of how small, can result in tragic consequences in the future. A ripple effect of changes would be set off...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2015 12:42 am UTC

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When Eckels initially enters the Time Safari office, he experiences fear and anxiety as he raises his hand in the air to ask a question. When Eckels asks if the safari company guarantees that he...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2019 4:45 pm UTC

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The character Travis in the story "The Sound of Thunder" is the tour guide who takes hunters into the past to kill dinosaurs. He is strong, well trained, and a "man's man." He is the one who...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2009 8:22 am UTC

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The major theme to this story, in my opinion, is the idea that everything that happens on Earth has an effect on our history. You might have heard this referred to as the "butterfly effect" -- the...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2010 9:01 am UTC

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Bradbury does not accurately describe scientific principles in this story or in most of his work. He is a poetic storyteller more than a wonkish, nuts-and-bolts sci-fi writer. He uses fantasy...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2018 1:20 am UTC

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In the time travel company's defense, it probably tries to scare every patron that they work with; however, Eckels comes across to readers as deserving to be scared. He's overly confident in...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2018 11:07 pm UTC

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There is a moment in the book where Mr. Travis, who works as a safari guide at the company, says that Time Safari, Inc., is a "finicky business." This is not far from the truth. Time Safari, Inc.,...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2019 8:02 am UTC

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