In “A Sound of Thunder” you feel the intensity almost the whole time. You can almost feel Eckels fear when he finally sees the T-Rex. It is interesting how he seemed so excited to go back in time and hunt a dinosaur, yet, he wimped out when he was really there. The sound of thunder being the dinosaur was a great description. At the end, the sound of thunder is left to our own interpretation.
The main themes seem to be about how technology can change the world and, by extension, an individual. “A Sound of Thunder” focused on the broader picture, about how something small can develop into something much bigger, in a very effective example of the world, while “Nethergrave” went smaller, where it took in Jeremy and changed him forever, keeping him happy for eternity. In terms of relation and interest, although “A Sound of Thunder” seems to be more interesting (Time travel and paradoxes for the win), I believe that “Nethergrave” would be an easier story to relate to in general, because there are quite a few people who feel out of place in the real world, and find comfort in the recesses of their technology, away from the real world and into a virtual
Frans Kafka’s “Metamorphosis” is a very famous story of a man transforming into a giant insect. The underlying meaning of the story is difficult to pick out pretty interesting, however, the story is difficult to continue reading for more than a small length if time; I was not enthralled by the story at all. Many writers have written exciting and entertaining stories with hidden meanings throughout, but Kafka’s story was not enjoyable. The most appealing part of the story may have been towards then end where the men with beards discovered Gregor’s existence and were upset by his presence. They had protested, saying “…Naturally, I’m not going to pay a penny for the time I’ve spent here…” and so on (Kafka Par.
Hypnotism, when used as entertainment, has a sole purpose of comedy and fun. Brainwashing is a violent and inhuman war tactic: hardly a laughing matter. Hypnotism can happen on an everyday basis, while brainwashing is a very difficult and rarely successful practice. Hypnotism starts with an “H,” and brainwashing starts with a “B.” These are only some of the differences separating the two acts, but they do have one similarity: the human brain. Throughout history, scientists have been progressively trying to unlock the secrets of the human brain.
The ending of the story, when Victor almost chases to monster to the north pole, is also a glimmering example of how Victor has changed internally from a Geneva, to a cold, harsh, inhuman monster. The main characters, Victor and the monster, are both interesting mixes of good, as well as evil. Victor, on the one hand, is good in the sense that he wants to understand science to further humanity. He does have an ugly side, however. For example, Victor abandons his monster after he creates it because he realizes what he has done.
At the heart of Mary Shelly’s novel, Frankenstein, lies the life story of protagonist Victor Frankenstein. One gets an insightful glimpse into his moral character through his evolution from an innocent young man enthralled with the exciting world of science into a cynical, guilt-ridden individual determined to annihilate the fruits of his scientific experiments. Though the lasting impression of his morality might make it easy to admit that Frankenstein certainly had a few minor character flaws, based on his motives, intentions, and actions, it is almost impossible to claim that he was evil. One can imagine that unfortunate events in life such as perhaps poverty and abuse at a young age could lead to an individual taking a very grim perspective of the harsh realities of life and resorting to evil. Frankenstein was neither poor nor was his childhood one full of misery and suffering.
“A Sound of Thunder” is a science fiction short story by Ray Bradbury. The story is about a man named Eckels who’s a passionate hunter. Eckels travels back in time to kill a dinosaur but his actions alter the balance of nature and he changes the future. The author uses a series of unique describing techniques, which make this short story full of surprises. The author uses a number of linguistic techniques to describe the dinosaur.
However, Negroponte is very optimistic about technology although he knows technology has dark side, and he makes many predictions for the future development of media and technology. He states that the change from atoms to bits is irrevocable and unstoppable. (Negroponte, 1995, p.4) Postman charges that technology introduces new words and changes the meaning of old words without elaboration. What’s more, the benefits of a new technology are not distributed equally. There are winners and losers.
After receiving this information, the reader is dazzled, how could he love these people who called him a “nutwagon”? Mr. Smith was underappreciated and treated poorly, but the most heart wrecking part of it, was that through the whole “abuse[ment]” he still
They assume that I should be just as able-bodied as them since they can’t “see” my disability and use oppressive words like lazy and ‘no good for nothing’ which only leads to further denigration of an already awful feeling. It also makes me feel even more isolated and alone because I internalize the oppression and my negative self-talk continues to tell me that I am the only one who truly understands. This form of oppression is what stopped me from reaching out to get help for my mental illness for many years. The stigma (negative stereotype) of mental illness which we are often led to believe through outlets like the media, caused me to fear what others may think about me and so I didn’t speak to anyone about my mental health until it was so unmanageable that I had to be hospitalized. Before that, I lived many years with the debilitating symptoms of depression and anxiety without any medical or therapeutic intervention.