In the story, Ray Bradbury describes his views on what time travel could look like in the future. At the beginning of the story, he introduces a company called Time Safari, Inc. who takes people back in time to hunt if they pay Time Safari ten thousand dollars. He, through the eyes of an arrogant hunter named Eckels, describes the time machine as colorful, covered in wires and making a noise similar to a bonfire. Eckels goes into the bright silver time machine with his guide, Travis, and several other hunters and they take off sixty million years before their time. Traveling to the past is described as a fast-paced race. For example, the sentence stating just how fast they fly uses hyphens at the end of it, like ‘day-night-day-night’. Time is described as a ‘film running backward’ and they witness millions of sunsets and sunrises before reaching their destination. One of the first things that Travis tells Eckels once they arrive is that stepping off of the Path and onto the ground of the Past can cost money and can cost the present that the men had come to know. Travis seems exceedingly strict to Eckels about the rules, and he tries to brush off his firmness with sarcasm and humor. Eckles doesn’t realize just how much he needs to follow the rules in o...
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...ge the fact that whatever he does in the Past can change anything in the Future, even when he is warned by Travis. Ray Bradbury uses Eckels’ arrogance as a foreshadowing to how the story ends and uses that as a message to tell audiences to be careful of your choices and remember just how much they can affect the life that you live.
The story “A Sound of Thunder” incorporates three different points to create one important message: time travel, the importance of following directions and how our choices can change the future. Everyone makes mistakes, yet even the smallest of mistakes can change the entire course of history given a time machine and a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Learn to cherish the life on this Earth, and don’t let poor choices dictate the future ahead. Making the right decision is key to success, and only we can choose what successes we want to take.
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