A Sound Of Thunder Literary Analysis

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“He heard Travis breathe loud in the room; he heard Travis shift his rifle, click the safety catch, and raise the weapon. There was a sound of thunder.” (Bradbury 44) This ends the short story “A Sound of Thunder” by Ray Bradbury. “A Sound of Thunder” takes place somewhere in America during the year 2055, a group of hunters then travel back to the prehistoric dinosaur age. “A Sound of Thunder” uses different time periods, pretentious and deliberate characters, a suspenseful and thrilling plot, and various forms of conflicts to convey the Butterfly Effect and show how consequences for your actions can be immeasurable.
Eckels, the protagonist in the story, goes to “Time Safari Inc.” This company takes you back to the prehistoric dinosaur age …show more content…

If they could not go back in time then the author would not be able to convey the theme that he wanted too. He needed one of the characters to be able to kill something in the past in order to show how the Butterfly Effect works. The author also wants to show you that everything that you do has consequences and sometimes those consequences can be very large. The author uses a tense and exciting plot to convey his theme. When the group of hunters get to the point where the T-Rex is about to appear the author goes in depth to describe the setting and situation that they are in. This makes the feel very tense and makes the reader want to know what is going to happen next. “The Monster, at the first motion, lunged forward with a terrible scream. It covered one hundred yards in six seconds.” (Bradbury 41) This is when the Tyrannosaurus Rex has spotted the hunters and is coming towards them. That quote shows just a little bit of how the story gets exciting and thrilling. The author uses both the suspense and the thrilling aspect to convey his theme.
The short story, “A Sound of Thunder” uses two separate time periods, snobbish and cautious characters, a breathtaking and frantic plot, and multiple forms of conflict to convey his theme of showing the Butterfly Effect and demonstrating how causes for your actions can sometimes be gigantic.

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