Why does Eckels want to go back in time in "A Sound of Thunder?"

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Eckels wants to be able to shoot and kill a dinosaur: something he could hardly do without traveling back in time. He has made arrangements with the business called Time Safari, Inc.., and is paying $10,000 for the experience. The year is 2055. This is Eckels’ first foray into time travel. It’s unclear whether or not he has hunted animals before. But obviously the chance to see and kill a Tyrannosaurus rex has grabbed his interest. As soon as he enters the Time Safari office, however, his nerves are already starting to get the better of him. Once the time machine takes the hunting group back to the prehistoric age and landscape, his apprehension quickly grows to terror. Killing a dinosaur isn’t quite as easy or as fulfilling as he expected.

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