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A Sound of Thunder – Four Level of Interactions | Flax Golden Tales

A Sound of Thunder – Four Level of Interactions | Flax-Golden Tales

A sound of thunder - four levels

A Sound of Thunder – Ray Bradbury USA (1920-)

Literal Comprehension

A hunter simply knew as “Eckels” goes on the adventure of a lifetime to travel in the past into the past on a prehistoric safari to kill a Tyrannosaurus Rex. As the participants wait to depart, they chat about the recent presidential elections, in which an apparently fascist candidate, Deutscher, has to just been defeated by the more moderate Keith, to the relief of many people.

After the party arrives in the past, Travis (the hunting guide) and Lesperance (Travics’s assistant) warn Eckels and the two other hunters, Billings and Kramer, about the necessary of minimizing their effect on events when they go back, since tiny alterations to the distant past could snowball into catastrophic changes in history. To keep from having any effect on the past, the hunters must stay on a path to avoid disrupting the environment and only kill animals that were going to naturally die at the same time.

Despite his earlier engerness to begin the hunt, Eckels loses his nerve at the sight of the T Rex. Travis tells him he can’t leave, but Eckels panics and veers of f the path. The two guides kill the dinosaur, and shortly afterward, the tree that would have killed the dinosaur in the absence of human intervention falls on the corpse. Travis’ elation quickly changes to fury when they find Eckels and see his mudy boots, which prove he went off the path. Travis threatens to leave Eckels in the past unless Eckels removes the bullets form the dinosaur’s body, as they can’t be left in the past.

While returning to the present, Eckels notices subtle changes. English words are now spelled strangely, people and buildings are different and, worst of all, and Deutscher has won the election instead of Keith. Looking through the mud on his boots, Eckels finds a crushed butterfly, whose death was apparently the cause of the changes. He pleads to Travis to take him back into the past to undo the damage, but Travis refuses and fires his rifle. It is left untold what he shoots, although it is presumed that he kills Eckels. The dark ending reveals the meaning of the title-the story’s final words are, “There was a sound of thunder.”


This science fiction tells us that human being (scientists) invent the new technology but later on they cannot predict and control their made ideas. So in this regard, it shows the strong irony among scientists because creators cannot control guess his creative activities. While hearing such matters, we may laugh but same thing is expressed in this science fiction, “The Sound of Thunder” because before entering into the time machine, Eckels had asked its agent whether he could return back well but the officer replied him that they could only guarantee him to meet the extinct animal, dinosaur. So returning in the same condition from the time machine was almost all risky. Not only this much, if he had killed any minor insects in his traveling, that could make the ecosystem disorder and chaos.

Critical Thinking

Truly, science has done great improvement in the field of science and technology. Our text, “The Sound of Thunder” tells us that due to the time machine, people can visit past but it can visit past but it can be risky to return back from the journey. On this point I asked the question, why is it risky to return back from the journey of the past? Cannot human beings (scientists) control his or her creation? One more thing is that- does the time machine really help to visit the real dinosaur of the past? How is it dangerous to kill minor and harmful insects?


While reading this story, I remembered a science fiction, Frankenstein written by Mary Shelly. In this fiction, a character, Victor Frankenstein was the student of science and with the help of his scientific mind, he created the ghost-like man. Then this animal started hating the human race because human beings were frightened and disgusted with his shape and size. Later its creator, Victor tried to keep him his under control but he himself was killed by his creation. In this way, in this given fiction too, creators cannot totally control his creation i.e. the time machine. That’s why science fiction, The Sound of Thunder, it really echoed me Shelly’s Frankenstein.

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