A Sound Of Thuder Essay

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A Sound of Thunder In Ray Bradbury “A Sound of Thunder” Eckels, a nervous hunter on a time safari panics and makes a seemingly minor mistake that results in the unthinkable. Bradbury uses foreshadowing, imagery, and diction to create suspense in his riveting short story. Bradbury utilize foreshadowing to create suspense. The man behind the desk warns Eckels that “[they] guarantee nothing.” This shows that Eckels does not have the assurance of safety. Later Travis monishes Eckels, stating that a stamp of [his] foot would annihilate future species including mankind. This shows that one missed step by Eckels could have cataclysmic consequences. This also shows that Eckels is likely to alter the course of history. Due to one careless mistake. The foreshadowing creates a sense on tension. Bradbury uses imagery to create anticipation. When Eckels sees the time machine for the first time he sees “an aurora that flickered now orange, now silver, now blue.” This shows that Eckels sees the time machine as a huge colorful aurora floating in space. This also show the anticipation in Eckels mind. Later on when Eckels arrive in the jungle he hears and sees “far birds cry blew on a wind and the smell of tar and an old salt sea, moist grasses, and flowers the color of blood.” This shows that the jungle is humid and moist with many brightly colored flowers. This also states the sense and tone of the eerie jungle. The imagery creates a sense of agitation. The author also uses diction to show deliberately thoughts of the characters mood. When the T-Rex finally appears Bradbury uses carefully thought out words to describe this terrifying image of this animal. “It came on great oiled, resilient, striding legs. It towered thirty feet above half of the trees, a great evil god.” This shows that the T-Rex’s legs are showing it’s determination

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