English 3rd Period
March 8, 2013
Being Suspenseful with Plumwood and Bradbury
Val Plumwood is the author of the non-fictional story, ‘’ Being Prey’’. This story described Val‘s near-death experience with a crocodile. Ray Bradbury is the author of the fictional story, ‘’The Sound of Thunder’’. ‘’The Sound of Thunder’’ was based on the butterfly effect. The butterfly effect says that a small change at one place can make huge difference on what will happen in that future. Suspense is the work of fiction that arouses excited expectations. Plumwood built suspense using foreshadowing, while Bradbury used vivid word choice.
In this story, Plumwood’s foreshadowing caught my eye. She stated, ‘’ When I pulled my canoe over in driving rain to a rock outcrop for a hasty, sodden lunch, I experienced the unfamiliar sensation of being watched’’ (91). Val though that she was being watched by something. The odd part was that she didn’t know by what. Plumwood built suspense by Plumwood’s memo for this quote was when you feel like you’re being watched, you should find safety. Plumwood’s foreshadowing was very interesting in this scene. In this scenes Plumwood stated, ‘’ I saw in midstream what looked like a floating stick—one I did not recall passing on my way up. As the current moved me toward it, the stick developed eyes. A crocodile!’’ (92). She didn’t see what she thought was a stick on her way up the stream. So she never doubted herself that it would be a crocodile. Plumwood’s message in that scene is that sometime you should second guess yourself.
In this story, Ray Bradbury used vivid word choice. Vivid word choice was described in this passage ‘’ First a day and then a night and then a day and them a night, then it was day night-day-night. A week, a month, a year, a decade! A.D. 2055. A.D. 2019. 199! 1957! Gone! The Machine roared ‘’ (80). In this quote Bradbury used descriptive word choice by describing the time traveling...
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