Ann-Sophie Leys Ms. Beth Hiskey English proficiency III 25 May 2012 An observation of nostalgia in Ray Bradbury’s work: A sound of thunder. For the science-fiction short story A Sound of Thunder, Ray Bradbury uses a journey back into time to reflect on the present. Bradbury uses both fantasy and science-fiction in his works, he wanted his own boyhood moods and images which are linked to carnivals to come back in his writings. “Whenever a travelling circus or carnival came through (…) Bradbury and his younger brother were always present” (Sullivan, 1309). Even though the three key themes are often discussed in criticism on the works of Ray Bradbury, fantasy and nostalgia receive the most attention in Sullivan’s and Linkfield’s article.
Ray Bradbury’s “A Sound of Thunder” to me is a better science fiction story then “Nethergrave” by Gloria Skurzynki’s. A Sound of Thunder is about how the life of a little insect such as a butterfly can affect the outcome of the future in a big way. Nethergrave is a pretty good story but the ending wasn’t as I expected it to be, it ended with no conclusion to be honest. What happened after he went in there? Did he enjoy it or did he want to go back home?
Bradbury’s “The Sound of Thunder” and Skurzynski’s “Nethergrave” are both rather interesting science fiction narrations. Both stories pertain to an adventure through an unknown world as the setting, and refer to the way that technology can change the world and individuals by extension. Both stories contain some of the same elements as each other, but are represented in different ways. To start, both of the main characters (Eckels is to “Sound of Thunder” as Jeremy is to “Nethergrave”) seem to be misfits in their own ways. In “Nethergrave,” the story starts out with Jeremy at school, and he makes a winning goal in soccer for the other team.
This delivers the theme by telling us he is nervous we can conclude that he will be reckless, possibly causing Eckels to misuse the opportunity with the time machine. The imagery enhances the story because it makes the story more vivid and appeals the reader’s sense of sight. “Does this safari guarantee I come back alive?” Pg.1. This marks the beginning of the foreshadowing. It makes the reader wonder if Eckels will come back from the safari alive if at all, is delivers the theme by making the think about and know about Eckels nervousness foreshadowing his doom.
Although Fahrenheit 451 was written nearly sixty years ago, it serves as a warning to present day people about the danger of a technological take over. The author of this novel used a science fiction novel to portray his opinion of how the world would be if people constantly worship advancing technology and increasing knowledge. Science fiction stories tell about the future by blending scientific data and theory with the author’s creative imagination. In Fahrenheit 451, the author, Ray Bradbury, reversed the roles of present day heroes and community leaders. He also altered the purpose and reason of the life in future America if things don’t human continue to let technology overpower them.
His movies have covered many themes and genres, especially science-fiction (“Steven Spielberg”, 2013). Science fiction is one of genre of movie. It is much easier to decide which movies belong to science fiction genre, and which do not, if we have some kind of a definition to go by. Based on book Fiction: The Elements Of The Short Story Gordon and Kuehner (1999: 397) had argued that science fiction, as its name suggest, is rooted in scientific and technological truths or in the possibility of scientific advancements based on what is known. So, from my epilogue i conclude that there is a relation between Steven Spielberg and science fiction.
“A Sound of Thunder” and “Nethergrave” are both good science fiction stories. I preferred “A Sound of Thunder” over the “Nethergrave”. “A Sound of Thunder” seemed to have more excitement, and you could not wait to find out what was going to happen when they returned from the past. “Nethergrave” seemed slow and not as exciting. It didn’t keep me on the edge of my seat.
There have been those who have tried to push back with the idea that humans have not been destroying the environment, and the changes that have been taking place in the environment, notably, climate change, are the result of natural causes. However, the reality that there has been an enormous amount of climate change and that this has been taking place in more recent years since the rise of industrialization has led some to be converted to the idea that human action is leading to environmental disaster. A mood of pessimism has therefore been embraced by many in the environmental movement. A ray of hope entered the picture when the issue of sustainable development was put forward, and it was thought that the idea of protecting the environment was being promoted. However, what appears to have happened was that the idea of sustainable development was co-opted by those outside the environmentalist movement who saw the opportunity to continue their exploitation of the environment, but claim to be looking after the environment.
Their infantilism logic really agitates the narrator, who thinks they are either drunk or sunstruck. Surprisingly, Pearhcy come back and tell the narrator, a newsman, that they became kings of mountainous Kafiristan through a series of fantastic events. We know that The Man Who Would be King is just an adventure story, yet we still want to believe that the two loafers has become kings. The technical question of greatest interest must be: “how can Kipling create and maintain an idiosyncratic style which has to convey impressions of a near-incredible world without at the same time alienating his readers?”(Thomas A. Shippey, 79) This is largely due to the frame around their story. We can better accept their fantastic achievement if it is treated as fiction, being presented from the real-world context of the narrator.
Opportunities arose with the invitation to join the conspiracy to help return the king for future amenity. The band with the leadership of the lieutenants could have the option to throw off the spies that were in place by Prince John but the threat is that if the plan failed the pursuit would be relentless and the retributions swift. The strategy that I would adopt for the organization if I were CEO would be to first change the motto and the purpose of the organization. The original purpose and motto of the band was “rob the rich and give to the poor” but when the number of members began to increase the robbing was defeating the purpose as it was not able to accommodate the poor because it was too busy caring for band members. The motto or “mission statement” needed to be revised due to the changing times, as well as