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

The external conflicts are man vs. man, man vs. nature, and man vs. society, while the internal conflict is man vs. self. The man vs. man conflict is Travis's quarrel with Eckels. The man vs. nature conflict is the dinosaur threatening the hunters' lives. The man vs. society conflict concerns Eckel's mistake, which alters the election and transforms America into a dystopia. The man vs. self conflict is Eckel's struggle to compose himself when he sees the dinosaur.

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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 Tyrannosaurus Rex is a product of the prehistoric natural environment, which is a hostile, unforgiving place. The characters who travel back in time arrive in the threatening prehistoric forest and confront the dangerous dinosaur, which threatens their lives.

Travis's dispute with Eckels is an example of another external conflict, man vs. man conflict. After Eckels panics and runs off the hovering path, Travis tries to leave him in the past for jeopardizing the Time Safari company and threatening to change the history of the world. Once they return to the present, Travis threatens to kill Eckels when he realizes that the United States is a dystopia because of Eckles's actions.

Another external conflict in the story is a man vs. society conflict, which concerns the way Eckels's tragic accident...

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