Analysis Of A Sound Of Thunder

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Imagine going back millions of years just to hunt a dinosaur. Imagine trekking through the jungle and seeing a gigantic thirty-foot tall ten-ton beast. Shooting at it causes the dinosaur to run forward, and a little step off of the Path in fear causes a catastrophe. “A Sound of Thunder” by Ray Bradbury proves that making mistakes can cost you more than you ever imagined. Looking into certain aspects of the story will help to define how mistakes came about, and how to solve them. 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.…show more content…
The Path, as described by Travis, ‘floats six inches above the earth. Doesn’t touch so much as one grass blade, flower or tree. It’s an anti-gravity metal’. The Path was placed by Time Safari to prevent hunters from touching the earth as it could potentially ruin the course of history. Later, Travis tells Eckels that ‘the stomp of [his] foot, on one mouse, could start an earthquake, the effects of which could shake [their] earth and destinies down through Time, to their very foundations’. The Path as described in the short story could potentially coincide with the Path of Life that we need to face. We all have a destiny ahead of us, a destiny that we can’t even imagine yet. Straying from that path may cost us something in the future that could have given us a grand opportunity, and we don’t even know it. It might seem small in the beginning. Once it all adds up, though, something valuable could be lost just by making one careless decision. The Path in the story has a capital ‘P’. Capitalizing something gives it importance, and obviously, the Path has importance. At first, Eckels looks arrogant and backlashes with sarcastic questions and comments. Because he did not listen to Travis, he stumbles off of the Path, which causes the entire future they’d come to know to fall into…show more content…
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
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