A Sound Of Thunder Mood and Setting

By: Frank Vecchie, and Andrew Zogby

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Mood In The Beginning

The mood of the story at the beginning is ominous. In text it states, “Anything happens to you, we’re not responsible. Those dinosaurs are hungry (Bradbury 3).” This shows the story is ominous because it is indirectly saying that they may die and never be able to come back to the real world. Another piece of evidence stated in the text is, “Six Safari leaders were killed last year, and a dozen hunters (Bradbury 3).” This also shows the beginning is ominous because the fact that 18 people have died from these expeditions is quite terrifying.

Mood In The Middle

The mood of the story at the middle is strict. In the story it says, “Stay on the Path. Don’t go off it. I repeat. Don’t go off. For any reason! If you fall off, there’s a penalty. And don’t shoot any animal we don’t okay (Bradbury 4).” This shows the mood is strict, because he is laying down the laws, and if you do not follow them, you have to pay a fee. The next piece of evidence is, “Fifty-nine million years later, a cave man, one of a dozen in the entire world, goes hunting wild boar or saber-toothed tiger for food. But you, friend, have stepped on all the tigers in that region. By stepping on one single mouse. So the caveman starves. And the caveman, please note, is not just any expendable man, no! He is an entire future nation. From his loins would have sprung ten sons. From their loins one hundred sons, and thus onward to a civilization. Destroy this one man, and you destroy a race, a person, an entire history of life (Bradbury 5).” This shows it is strict, because he goes on a rant, talking about why you should follow the rules, or there is a big consequence like all life on Earth destroyed.

Mood In The End

The mood in the end of the story is suspenseful. In the text it says “"This fool nearly killed us. But it isn't that so much, no. It's his shoes! Look at them! He ran off the Path. That ruins us! We'll forfeit! Thousands of dollars of insurance! We guarantee no one leaves the Path. He left it. Oh, the fool! I'll have to report to the government. They might revoke our license to travel. Who knows what he's done to Time, to History(Bradbery 8)” This shows it is suspenseful, because Eckles is told he is going to change history forever. Also this is suspenseful, because we want Eckles to live, and not be left in the past. The author also states that “TYME SEFARI INC. SEFARIS TU ANY YEER EN THE PAST. YU NAIM THE ANIMALL. WEE TAEK YU THAIR. YU SHOOT ITT. Eckels felt himself fall into a chair. He fumbled crazily at the thick slime on his boots. He held up a clod of dirt, trembling, "No, it can't be. Not a little thing like that. No!" Embedded in the mud, glistening green and gold and black, was a butterfly, very beautiful and very dead. "Not a little thing like that! Not a butterfly!" cried Eckels. It fell to the floor, an exquisite thing, a small thing that could upset balances and knock down a line of small dominoes and then big dominoes and then gigantic dominoes, all down the years across Time. Eckels' mind whirled. It couldn't change things. Killing one butterfly couldn't be that important! Could it?(Bradberry 8’9) This shows that it is suspenseful, because everything in the world has changed. This created suspense because you didn’t know what was going to happen next.


The setting introduces the charters, scenery, plot, and conflict. The charters are Mr. Eckels, Mr. Travis, Lesperance, Billings, and Kramer. For the scenery there are blood red flowers and a smell of tar in the big jungle. The plot is that Mr. Eckles wants to hunt a dinosaur for $10,000. Lastly the conflict is that Mr. Eckels gets scared and tries to run away from the big dino, but goes off the path, landing on a butterfly, which essentially changed the history of the Earth.