Essay on A Sound Of Thunder By Ray Bradbury

1204 Words Oct 18th, 2016 5 Pages
The year is 2055, in Ray Bradbury’s short story, “A Sound of Thunder”, Eckels, an experienced and self-assured hunter, pays a high price to go back in time and hunt a Tyrannosaurus Rex with a time-traveling company, called the Time Safari, Inc. After breaking important rules, Eckels realizes that the adventure was too much for him to handle, as well as unintentionally alters his societies future. “The story tackles the very premise of how mankind’s smallest actions can have universal implications (Weller). Through symbolism and character analysis, “A Sound of Thunder”, expresses the well known scientific idea of the butterfly effect, in demonstrating that small, almost unnoticed, decisions or mistakes can effect an entire chain of events. The main character in “A Sound of Thunder” is Eckels, a confident and committed hunter, who lives in a futuristic society when time travel is possible. He has much experience as a hunter and has the dream of killing the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex, at the price of $10,000. At the start of the story, he is in the front office of the Time Safari, Inc. company, talking to the secretary about the recent presidential election. A man named Keith, the modern, capitalistic man, won against a dictator and anti-everything man named, Deutscher. Eckels is the protagonist of the story. Readers can easily relate to him because of his desire to take risks and to try new things, while being successful at the same time. However, Eckels can also be considered…

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