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A Sound of Thunder

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By: Kristina, McKenzie, Shelly, and Matt A Sound of Thunder Summary The short story, A sound of Thunder, by Ray Bradbury, features the protagonist, Eckles, who travels through time. He and his group of avid hunters go back 6,000,002,005 years to the time of dinosaurs. Their goal: to hunt the king of them all, the T-Rex. Upon seeing this creature, Eckles is immediately shocked and terrified. In his panic, he steps off the path, disappointing their leader, Travis. To get back at him, Travis makes Eckles remove the bullets the other hunters had put into the now dead T-Rex. In Eckles' previous step off the path, The resulting dead butterfly transforms his world into something he never knew. Eckles is killed as punishment for causing a chain reaction across time. Literary Terms and Devices Protagonist: Eckles Author History Ray Bradbury was born in 1921 in a small town. He began
writing at age 11 and has had quite a career since then.
Inspired to write in 1932 by a carnival magician, Bradbury
has won numerous literary awards for his hundreds and
hundreds of works, almost 50 being novels. Memorable
titles of his include Fahrenheit 451, Something Wicked
This Way Comes, and the screenplay for the award-
winning movie Moby Dick. He died on June 5th, 2012
at age 91. Thought Provoking questions Ray Bradbury is famous for his "weird" sci-fi short stories. Do you think this story could possibly be applied to out lives in 2013? Vocabulary Militarist-
a skilled person in the conduct of war. Finicky-
excessively particular Infinitesimally-
indefinitely particular Paradox-
a statement that seems self-contradictory Delirium-
a state of violent excitement Warily-
in a watchful manner Citations: Do you agree with the safari company's idea of keeping everyone on the path in an attempt to not alter the future? Why is this important? Throughout the story the concept of "time" is discussed. How do you feel about futurism and time travel? Is it foolish, for fear of what could happen, like in a "Sound of Thunder"? Journal Write a very short creative story that incorporates cause and effect or chain reactions try to cause as many reactions as possible

ex: High School Drama
Bad Luck day Discussion Setting: 2055 A.D. Paradox: "But if you come back this morning in time" said Eckles eagerly, "you must've bumped into us, our safari! How did it turn out? Was it successful? Did all of us get through- alive?" Antagonist: Travis Butterfly effect:
Killing one butterfly couldnt be that important! *Your participation in this discussion will count as your final assessment, so participate! Thoughts to Consider: How does your story relate to our analysis of Sound of Thunder?

What do you agree and disagree with about our analysis?

What about a Sound of Thunder and your journal entry tie in with our analysis and chain reactions? By Ray Bradbury Bibliography

"About Ray Bradbury." About Ray Bradbury. N.p., n.d. Web.
31 Jan. 2013. <http://raybradbury.com/about.html>.

Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com, 26 Jan. 2013. Web. 31 Jan. 2013.
<http://dictionary.reference.com/>.
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