What if you can change the future? A Sound of Thunder is a short story written by Ray Bradbury which is in the genre of science fiction. That Takes Place in the future where time travel can happen, this is the story of a travel company, named Time Safari Inc, That takes you to hunting trips back in time to kill dinosaurs. In this case, a scared hunter, named Eckels, steps onto the trail, and accidentally steps on a butterfly. The consequences of the death of a butterfly, is made up by millions of years of effects, leaves the hunters to return to a future that is not the one they came from. In this commentary I am going to analyze the tone structure and literary devices used by the author in this story.
The structure of the story is one of the most interesting. Ray Bradbury uses the paragraphs to manipulate the speed and time of the story; the shortest paragraph is 3 words long, the longest has twenty lines. By the length of the paragraphs, Bradbury can create a feeling of quickness or slowness, and also to explain the most important things in a more detailed way. The technique is used inside the sentences, the author shortens the phrases to help speed up the time. For example on page 19, when the group is going back into time, he creates speed with: “first a day and then a night, day-night, week, month, year, decade gone”.
Another interesting part of this story is the language used by Ray Bradbury. He never introduces a person, for instance on page 17, he doesn’t describe Eckel or what his feelings are like when he reads the sign, he only explain his physical reaction. “A warm phlegm gathered in Eckels throat”. Another example is the strong pictures given in special parts of the story. For example in pages 23-24 he explains with just 4 words an important scene in where the Tyrannosaurus rex makes his appearance. “Silence. A sound of thunder”.