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

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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 think it exists for us to indulge in frivolous pastimes. "A Sound of Thunder" illustrates the pitfalls of using technology for our own pleasure.

In this story, a wealthy man named Eckels pays a large sum of money to travel back in time to the age of the dinosaurs. His goal is to go on a safari to hunt a T. Rex. When he arrives in the past, he is carefully warned never to stray from a specially constructed path. Any interference with the past could change history forever.

Eckels, however, panics when he sees the T. Rex. He leaves the...

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