Symbolism In A Sound Of Thunder By Ray Bradbury

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“Stuff your eyes with wonder, he said, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories” (Bradbury). This is what Ray Bradbury was about, living life to the fullest, he did it by writing. He wrote short stories including "The Veldt", a story about a house that does everything for the children. In this room, the children can turn it into anything they want. When the parents find out that the room is Africa with violence everywhere they threaten to turn off the house. Instead of doing that the children do what they have wanted to do for a long time. They send the lions in Africa to kill the parents. In "A Sound of Thunder", a hunter goes back in time to kill a t-rex. It…show more content…
Description helps him build the mood of the story, and this helps the readers get more engaged in the story. In "The Veldt", Bradbury describes the nursery as Africa. A vast grassy land full of wild creatures that could tear anyone apart. Of course for the parents, this was very startling, because the nursery is controlled by the children’s thoughts. “The hot straw smell of the lion grass, the cool green smell of the hidden water hole, the great rusty smell of animals, the smell of dust like paprika in the hot air” (Bradbury 1). The parents George and Lydia realized that it was a little too real for them, and all the violence in the children’s mind must have been targeted somewhere. In "A Sound of Thunder", Bradbury describes how the world was before, and after Eckels stepped on the butterfly. For example, after Eckels stepped on the butterfly, it's said how different everything was. How the man at the front desk had a slight change about him, how the words on the sign were different, and how Keith never did win the election. In "All Summer in a Day", Margot was described by the way she looked. She wasn’t basking in the sunlight anymore like she did on Earth. She was now so pale, and so lifeless. It wasn’t always her appearance, though, Bradbury described the way she yearned for the sun, and the way she shut herself out from everyone because she had no friends. In each of these stories,…show more content…
Dialogue can explain things without the author doing it. It can help build the mood by showing a character's feelings, and thoughts. In "The Veldt" George explains why the house is so important to the children. He says how it cooks, cleans, gives them comfort, and looks after them. This explains a lot of things like why the children don’t respect the parents, what have they ever done for them. This also explains why the children are so angry and have murderous thoughts, because the parents didn’t raise them, but expect the children to treat them like parents. In "A Sound of Thunder", Travis explains to Eckels how the butterfly effect works. He says how if you kill one mouse or butterfly, all the families of that creature will go extinct and could change earth drastically. In "All Summer in a Day", dialogue helps readers understand how bad the other children are treating Margot. “‘Well don’t wait around here!’ cried the boy savagely” (Bradbury 2). Just before the sun came out on Venus after seven years, they locked Margot in a closet, and Margot was forced to look away at what she desired more than life itself. Dialogue can help build a mood, by trying to make readers feel a certain way, and this can also help with making the story more
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