Holmes 1 Elijah Holmes 5/13/18 “Literary Analysis: A Sound of Thunder” In Ray Bradbury’s, “A Sound of Thunder,” several recurring themes are addressed such as the dangers of changing what time had already presented and ripple effects of the what was changed. The author offers this interpretation through the use of certain literary devices such as imagery and personification between the living and nonliving which really drawls into the narrative. Overall, Bradbury’s short story addresses both the cause and the effect of the protagonist dimenna as well as exploring the relationships between the past, present, and future. Bradbury’s “A Sound of Thunder,” is centered around a man named Eckels whom along with two other men named Billings and Kramer paid a company to travel back in the past to hunt the wildlife of that time. Although the company doesn’t guarantee their safety and are given strict instructions to follow, the men still agree to travel back. However, before the men leave they engage in a small political conversation where it eventually reveals background of what is going on in current events for the main character. In this, the men expressed enthusiasm in the President's Keith’s winning of the elections instead of a Deutscher whom is considered to be a potential sadistic dictator. Shortly after the conversation, the men are again instructed to not leave the designated path nor shooting anything besides a tyrannosaurus rex. The reason behind this is that while killing a Tyrannosaurus rex would not implicate any long term effects in the future, killing something as small as a mouse would lead to significant harmful effects. The scientist explain why as killing a simple mouse in the deep past would eliminate its future generations which are essential to its ecosystem as it provides food and protection for other
Holmes 2 wildlife. As the men travel back to the time of the prehistoric ages, Eckels becomes more careless about things and accidently steps off the path. Although the men only killed the tyrannosaurus rex, they still were livid at Eckels due to his recklessness and were concerned about being shut down by the government. Going back into the present, several things are
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