Perspectives

In this part of the study guide, we will provide a few points that can help you engage in a meaningful dialogue about "A Sound of Thunder" by Ray Bradbur…

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Scientific perspective: the butterfly effect

The short story “A Sound of Thunder” can be analyzed in the light of the ‘butterfly effect’ concept. In the extra material in Wider Contexts (p. 4), the butterfly effect is explained. It is, in fact, a theory which describes “how tiny variations can affect giant systems and c…

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Period perspective and relevance today

Although Ray Bradbury’s short story seems to be a matter of science fiction, it is not difficult to a…

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Text perspective

Bradbury's short story "There Will Come Soft Rains" also deals with the potentially devastating effects of technology, though the cause of the destruction is an already existing invention in this case - the nuclear bomb. However, the story also depicts more advanced technology, as it revolves around a fully automated house which continues to perform its functions afte…

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