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Ray Bradbury

The Pedestrian Theme

Ray Bradbury was often accused of being a Luddite: that is to say, someone with a knee-jerk hostility towards new technology. But this was always an unfair criticism, as Bradbury was never...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2020 10:53 am UTC

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What imagery is used in the Ray Bradbury story "A Sound of Thunder"?

Ray Bradbury uses visual, auditory, olfactory, and tactile imagery in his story. Auditory imagery appeals to our sense of hearing. Here are examples of auditory imagery from the story: Sounds like...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2016 9:19 pm UTC

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What are some quotes about the Mechanical Hound in Fahrenheit 451?

The Mechanical Hound is an impressive piece of technology used by the fireman institution to track down political dissidents and incapacitate them. In Part One, Montag arrives at work and walks...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2019 2:08 pm UTC

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A Sound Of Thunder Characters

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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A Sound Of Thunder Theme

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...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2009 9:24 pm UTC

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What's the external and internal conflict in "A Sound of Thunder" by Ray Bradbury?

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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Identify some stylistic devices used in "The Pedestrian" by Ray Bradbury.

In the opening of his 1951 short story, Bradbury makes the unusual choices of using several infinitive verb phrases ("to enter . . . to put . . . to step") and second person point-of-view ("you,...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2018 7:33 pm UTC

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What is the irony in "The Veldt"?

The irony in "The Veldt" is that the family has automated factors added to their house in order to simplify and ease their lives so that they have more time to spend with each other. However,...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2015 11:31 am UTC

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What is the symbolism of the sun in the story "All Summer in a Day" by Rad Bradbury? Using quotes from the story for...

As with most of Bradbury's works, the symbolism can be tied back to man's basic quest to figure out who he is and how to survive. Often the sun also symbolizes a promise of tomorrow or immortality...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2015 8:37 pm UTC

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What is foreshadowing, and what is being foreshadowed in the story "A Sound of Thunder," by Ray Bradbury?

Foreshadowing refers to a technique by which writers give advance hints about key plot points which will emerge later on within the story. Bradbury's "A Sound of Thunder" follows Eckels, a time...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2019 11:57 pm UTC

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How do the children feel about the sun and weather in "All Summer in a Day?"

When the sun comes out on Venus every seven years, it is an event that everyone in the story looks forward to seeing. It constantly rains on Venus, and the citizens view the sun coming out as a...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2015 10:59 pm UTC

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What is the purpose of Ray Bradbury's "A Sound of Thunder?"

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...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2018 1:23 pm UTC

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What is the single incident and conflict with the characters in the story "Embroidery"? "Embroidery" by Ray Bradbury

In Ray Bradbury's short story "Embroidery," women work frantically to sew back the world that surrounds them before it ends in an apocalyptic manner: Each woman looked to her own hands as if...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2010 1:04 am UTC

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

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...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2018 1:56 pm UTC

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Why does the voice from the police car respond, “No profession,” in the story "The Pedestrian."

Ray Bradbury's short story is set in A.D. 2053, where the vast majority of citizens remain inside their homes during the evenings and watch television. The atmosphere of the city in the evening is...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2019 2:27 pm UTC

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What is the theme of "The Highway" by Ray Bradbury?

This short story has a dual theme and is a most interesting study of a much anticipated event during the time in which the story is set. The time period of the setting is integral to...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2011 10:09 am UTC

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What point of view is "A Sound of Thunder" written in and what is its importance?

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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Regressive Tendencies Definition

Because Leonard Mead does not behave in a conventional manner by engaging in outmoded activities, he is taken to the Psychiatric Center for Research on Regressive Tendencies. When Leonard Mead...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2017 4:31 pm UTC

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What is the climax of the short story "A Sound of Thunder?"

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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What is the falling action in the story, "All Summer in a Day"?

The falling action in the story happens right after the climax. After the students lock Margot in the closet for her statements about the sun, they actually experience the sunlight. Their teacher...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2010 8:10 pm UTC

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In the story "A Sound of Thunder," what are some examples of diction?

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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Compare and contrast the characters Mildred and Montag in the novel Fahrenheit 451. 

While Mildred and Guy Montag are alike in that they are both conditioned products of their society, there are still remnants of genuine feeling, desire, and intellectual curiosity in Montag,...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2017 9:50 pm UTC

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Why did author Ray Bradbury place his short story "All Summer in a Day" on the planet Venus?

Ray Bradbury no doubt placed the setting for his 1954 short story “All Summer in a Day” on Venus because of the centrality of atmospheric conditions to his story of a nine-year-old girl and her...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2013 7:57 pm UTC

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What are examples of irony in "A Sound of Thunder"?

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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Describe Ray Bradbury's style.

Ray Bradbury was a writer who worked primarily within the genres of science fiction and fantasy. He was a master of the short story format. Indeed, it should also be noted that one of his most...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2019 9:19 pm UTC

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What is the style of "A Sound of Thunder " By Ray Bradbury?   (diction, figures of speech, tone, mood, theme)

"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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In "Fahrenheit 451" what does the quote: "Twenty million Montags running, soon, if the cameras caught him" mean?

This quote is actually quite a horrifying one, if you grasp its meaning well. At the end of the novel, Montag is on the run from the law and from the mechanical hound, who has already stabbed him...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2009 1:27 pm UTC

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In the story "The Flying Machine" by R. Bradbury, what danger does the flyer's invention pose and why does the...

In "The Flying Machine," published by Ray Bradbury in 1953, the literal danger the Emperor perceives in the creation of the flying machine is that this innovation will cause people to move away...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2010 3:30 pm UTC

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What kinds of literary devices are represented in "A Sound of Thunder" by Ray Bradbury?

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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What is the solution, or denouement, in the plotline of "The Pedestrian" by Ray Bradbury?

“The Pedestrian” describes a world where everyone stays in their houses and watches television, never interacting with the world. The resolution is when Leonard Mead is arrested for walking at...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2011 12:26 pm UTC

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Write a thesis statement about Ray Bradbury's "The Pedestrian."

In some respects, writing a thesis is actually one of the later steps of an essay: ultimately, a thesis is a statement of an argument or interpretation. With that in mind, the starting point isn't...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2019 1:24 am UTC

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In "Fahrenheit 451" how does the woman act when they come for her books? Why might her neighbor turn her in?  

Montag and his team are called into an older lady's house, to burn it and remove the old lady. She had a house filled with books; her neighbor had turned her in. Most people have been removed...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2009 10:26 am UTC

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In the short story "The Flying Machine" by Ray Bradbury, why is the setting significant?

First, it is interesting to note that Ray Bradbury enjoyed an... ...incredibly prolific career that spans countless styles, formats, and genres... But what is most interesting with regard to this...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2013 1:01 am UTC

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In the story "Sound of Thunder" by Ray Bradbury, what is Eckel's internal conflict?

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 is the underlying message or theme of the story "The Flying Machine"?

In Ray Bradbury’s “The Flying Machine,” the underlying themes revolve around the notion of technological advancement in society. Specifically, the story deals with the notion that unchecked...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2020 5:05 pm UTC

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What are the penalties for disobeying instructions in "A Sound of Thunder?"

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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What is the theme of Ray Bradbury's story "The Skeleton"?

If you reconsider the basic outlines of the plot, I think you will start to detect the theme of self-destructive obsession and fear of mortality that runs through Bradbury's story "The Skeleton."...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2016 9:25 pm UTC

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What does the Emperor's machine (the garden of metal and jewels) represent to him in the story "The Flying Machine"...

The Emperor's garden of metal and jewels represents his kingdom in miniature as it is right now. It is a representation of beautiful stasis, of the Emperor's desire to control his kingdom so that...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2018 11:41 pm UTC

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In All Sumer in a Day, is jealousy a theme?

Jealousy is a theme of "All Summer in a Day" because the other children are jealous of Margot and her experience with the sun. Margot, unlike the other children in her class, was born on Earth. She...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2019 11:13 pm UTC

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What is significant about the way the nursery is decorated in "There Will Come Soft Rains?"

In "There Will Come Soft Rains," Ray Bradbury describes the nursery as a garishly colorful artificial environment: Animals took shape: yellow giraffes, blue lions, pink antelopes, lilac panthers...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2020 9:51 pm UTC

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What does the following quotation mean: "There are times...when one must lose a little beauty if one is to keep what...

The quote "There are times...when one must lose a little beauty if one is to keep what little beauty one already has," from "The Flying Machine," by Ray Bradbury, is a paradoxical statement. The...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2010 2:38 pm UTC

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Would you call Leonard Mead a rebel ? Why or why not?   - The Pedestrian by Ray Bradbury

Leonard Mead is a rebel in the sense that he is doing something that in the world he is living in is illegal, but is not a rebel in the sense that he is actively opposing the law. He is just doing...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2018 6:33 pm UTC

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"The Golden Kite, the Silver Wind": Now that the Cold War is over, do you think Bradbury's allegory still has...

Ray Bradbury's "The Golden Kite, the Silver Wind" was published in 1953, during the Cold War, and is an allegorical story about the nuclear arms race between the United States of America and the...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2019 3:54 pm UTC

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What is the central idea of "A Little Journey" by Ray Bradbury?

While there are several main themes portrayed in this sci-fi short story, perhaps the most central is the idea that humans can be so naive that we even fool ourselves, yet this isn’t always a bad...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2018 3:28 pm UTC

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What is some figurative language used in "The Veldt"?

Some examples of figurative language from the story are as follows. nothing’s too good for our children This phrase actually means that all things are good enough for the children. Children are...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2019 3:51 am UTC

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Do you believe the Emperor is justified in executing the flyer? What would you have done in his position? How...

Each question must be listed separately. I can answer only one. Also, please note that this is my opinion, as your answer should be when you address it. With opinions, there are generally no wrong...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2010 2:47 pm UTC

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What are the figures of speech in "All Summer in a Day"?

Ray Bradbury is a master of using figures of speech to make his writing more descriptive. His use of metaphors, personification, similes, etc. enhances the reader’s experiences with his stories...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2016 1:36 am UTC

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Give an example of foreshadowing from the story "The Flying Machine" by Ray Bradbury.

Near the end of this story, the emperor executes the inventor of a beautiful flying machine rather than allowing this innovation to destabilize his country. Before that occurs, we have several...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2019 1:28 pm UTC

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What are some quotes about censorship in Fahrenheit 451?

You may be interested in the quotes below. "We burned a thousand books. We burned a woman. "Well?" The parlor was exploding with sound. "We burned copies of Dante and Swift and Marcus Aurelius."...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2017 3:32 pm UTC

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In Ray Bradbury's short story "The Sound of Thunder", what happens to Eckels at the end of the story?

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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