The Sound of Thunder by Ray Bradbury is a futuristic science fiction short story about a hunter named Eckles, he visits the Time Safari, a company that sends you to the past. Eckles travels back in time with a group of three to shoot and kill a prehistoric dinosaur. Nethergrave is about a young boy named Jeremy, who plays sports, and has a group of internet friends. Later, Jeremy is faced with a decision whether to stay in the real world, or leave it for the virtual introduced by a great being. This critical response will be comparing, and contrasting both stories by making points such as, how the stories fit into the science fiction genre, the characterization between Eckles and Jeremy, the theme/message of the stories, dialogue, and writing style.
Eckels is a hunter with a wish to join a Safari hunt back in time. His goal is to shoot a dinosaur. Though Eckels is an experienced hunter, he is very anxious about this hunt in particular. He will have to go back in time with the help of a guide and no guarantee of returning safely or even successfully shooting a dinosaur. Eckels demonstrates his anxiousness through this quote: “Get me out of here.
The storyline tries to make us to think about what is going in the story. The characters need to come up with how they are going to take down the dinosaur. Time traveling can affect many of the characters in certain ways. For example, In Sound of Thunder Eckels accidentally falls off the path which affects the timeline. Eckels learned that there were consequences to what he did.
He was planning on going back to his hometown Geneva when he receives a letter from his father which said that his little brother William was murderer. Someone else was accused of the death and is executed even though the monster was the one who killed him. Victor goes to the mountains where he meets with the monster and the monster begs him to build a partner for him so he can be with someone. At first Victor refuses to do so and after a while he accepts to create a female partner for the creature, but after seeing what he is creating he destroys the female creature and the monster enraged swears that he will take revenge. Then Victor gets marry and his wife gets killed by the monster.
The Tragedy of a Lesson Thesis Statement: In “A Sound of Thunder,” by Ray Bradbury, the setting, situational irony and internal conflict depict that little things in your present life can make a very big difference in the future. I. Introduction: The main character Eckels goes on a hunting trip to shoot a Tyrannosaurus Rex with Time Safari Inc. The trip takes them back in time where the dinosaurs once ruled the world. Eckels learns a very big lesson that ends his life tragically at the end of the story.
One day a man came to Beowulf’s throne to show him that he had found a golden goblet from a hidden hoard guarded by a dragon. When Beowulf heard this news he knew he had to fight the dragon to let his people take the treasure and become wealthy. During battle, Beowulf realized he wasn’t as young as he used to be and could not fight without the young Wiglaf by his side. The struggle continued until the giant beast sunk his razor sharp teeth deep into Beowulf’s neck. Weak from loss of blood Beowulf stumbled back.
Silence” (“A Sound of Thunder 75”). When Bradbury wrote that everything went quiet, he is trying to create suspense that something big is about to happen very soon. As the story continues, Eckels thinks he can handle this huge dinosaur, but as he goes on with his journey, he gets more and more scared. The story says, “Don’t run, “ said Lesperance. “Turn around.
A hunter can always have a thrill hunting big game. Although he has great joy in doing so, he can have the adrenaline rush of a lifetime when they can travel through time to hunt any desirable game. The hunter must know that he can change little, insignificant object, but it can lead to an astronomical change in the timeline. The Ray Bradbury’s short story, “The Sound of Thunder,” the main character, Eckles, is murdered because of his own stupidity, the accumulated anger of his safari guide, and the effects he causes in this alternate timeline he arrived in. When Eckles pays top dollar for the safari, he expected a light dinosaur hunt, but what he gets in return is more than he bargained for.
High Noon, which was written by Carl Foreman, is a film about a marshal who has to protect his town and himself from a man who is returning from prison on the noon train for revenge with the help of his gang. “The Most Dangerous Game,” which was written by Richard Connell, is a short story about a man who ends up on an island known as ‘Ship Trap Island’ and has to survive from an expert hunter for three days by hiding from the hunter, his dogs, and his accomplice. Even though High Noon and “The Most Dangerous Game” are stories that have little in common, there are instances where we see similarities between the two settings; the protagonists and conflicts also have many differences. The film, High Noon, and the short story, “The Most Dangerous Game,” have two different conflicts that affect the story. In the film, Will Kane says, “I sent a man up five years ago for murder.
Beowulf is a story passed down over ages and ages of Anglo-Saxon culture. It tells of the epic hero as he travels to Heorot and defeats the evil Grendel and the beast’s mother. J. R. R. Tolkien suggested the theme of the story deals with ‘man alien in a hostile world, engaged in a struggle which he cannot win.’ I think that this theme is expressed through the challenges Beowulf faces, his pride as a hero, and the traits that make up his role as an epic hero. When Beowulf travels to Heorot, Hrothgar tells him of the great trouble he and his people had faced over many years. Grendel was a menacing and powerful monster that took control of the mead hall when night fell.
Science fiction is fascinating because it allows the reader to go on journeys into other worlds. These worlds can be unique and astonishing. Many are very different from one another. For example, Nethergrave and A Sound Of Thunder contrast each other greatly. Nethergrave begins in the real world; the one we are familiar with.