The butterfly represents transformation. The transformation from confidence to defeat in Eckels and the transformation from fear to death. Thunder, like in a storm is unexpected. Eckels never saw the Tyrannosaurus Rex die, leaving it to be a sound of mystery. As well as Eckels never seeing the rifle being pointed and shot at him. Ray Bradbury’s symbolism and his characters in “A Sound of Thunder” tied the entire story together.
Bradbury’s tale serves not only to entertain but also to speculate on the dangers of time travel. His illustration of a ripple effect on the timeline caused by seemingly unrelated events… is also explained in the context of the story (Taylor).
He touches on the dangers of possible futuristic inventions, as well as a popular scientific idea, the butterfly effect, in which a butterfly beats it’s wings on one side of the world, and on the other side a hurricane takes place, describing the cause and effect of every