Compare and Contrast Essay on Bradbury

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English 2 Honors I.B.
27 September 2012
Compare and Contrast Essay on Bradbury
Ray Bradbury’s opinions can be seen throughout many of his works. He focuses on three main themes in his two works of “A Sound of Thunder” and “There Will Come Soft Rains”. The first Bradbury focuses on mankind’s cruel and selfish acts. In addition, technology is dangerous when misused. Finally, nature is being negatively affected greatly by humans and their technology. If Bradbury didn’t think mankind had a negative effect on the world, then his stories would have positive endings for the humans. In the story “A Sound of Thunder”, the humans are at fault for changing their way of life. They are punished for altering the balance in life. The narrator says, “Somehow, the sign had changed… (pg12)” because Eckels, the protagonist, had stepped off the path and changed the course of history. Mankind breaks the rule; therefore, they have to pay the price. The author sees no hope for technology being a benefit for the world. The Safari Guide, Travis, explains to the hunters “A Time Machine is finicky business. Not knowing it, we might kill an important animal, a small bird, a roach, a flower even, thus destroying an important link in a growing species (pg3)", technology is a risk. It could turn out to be a good thing for everyone, or it could destroy something that is essential. Bradbury sees nature as a necessity for living. In the story he lets a butterfly play a huge role in the way mankind lives. The butterfly killed by Eckels represents the butterfly effect. Eckels realizes all the major changes in the world occurred because of that one butterfly. He says "Not a little thing like that! Not a butterfly! (pg.11)" because he is surprised that something so little and seemingly unimportant can change many big and important things to mankind. In the story “There Will Come Soft Rains”, mankind is gone from the world because of their poor choices of living. The humans took...
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