A Sound of Thunder Mood Flyer

By: Zachary Scott

Beginning Mood

The mood at the beginning of the story is eerie.

Textual Evidence

  1. In the story it says, "Those dinosaurs are hungry” (Bradbury 224)
  2. Ray Bradbury wrote, “His fingers twitched.” (Bradbury 224).


  1. This quote shows the eeriness that the workers are trying to create. This makes the man, Mr.Eckles, very scared. He realizes how ferocious the animals actually are and regrets coming.
  2. This shows the nervousness of Mr.Eckels, and the fear that he is feeling. This makes the reader nervous as well.
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An eerie setting

Middle Mood

The mood in the middle of the story is frightening!

Text Evidence

  1. “With a stamp of your foot, you annihilate first one, then a dozen, then a thousand, then a million, a billion possible mice!” (Bradbury 226).
  2. “So the caveman starves. And the caveman, please note. is not just any expendable man, no! He is an entire future nation.” (Bradbury 226).


    1. This quote shows that if he messes up the slightest bit he will destroy an entire race. This makes it nerve racking, and puts the audience on the edge of their seat.
    2. This quote explains that he can kill the entire human race by stepping on a mouse. This scares the audience and makes him careful as he goes on.
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    Picture of Mr.Eckels from A Sound of Thunder. He is worried and frightened.

    Ending Mood

    The mood in the end of the story is frightening.

    Textual Evidence

      1. “The same man sat behind the desk. But the same man did not quite sit behind the same desk.” (Bradbury 235).
      2. “...he heard Travis shift his rifle, click the safety catch, and raise the weapon. There was a sound of thunder.” (Bradbury 236).


      1. This shows the start of when he realizes his mistake and this frightens the audience making us wonder what is to happen next. He relizes that just from stepping on the dirt he changed the future, and he is scared.
      2. This quote makes the audience shocked at the gunshot and scared. This shows the end of the story and leaves the audiance questioning. Everyone is frightened at the main character dying.
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      This is the butterfly effect. It shows the theory that if you change one thing in the past, the future will be changed one by one.

      Does the setting stay the same?

      The setting is static and stays the same throughout the story. This is because he wants to build up tension through the story for the reader to be wondering and also to create the scene and setting he is in.

      Complete Setting

      This story is set in the future United States, where a man named Keith is president. This takes place in a safari place called Time Safari, Inc. The safari takes you to the past but not to the future. It starts off in an office with masses of tangled up cords.

      How does the setting contribute to the story?

      The setting is also the conflict in this story. In the story they go to the past and hunt dinosaurs this creates a conflict because their setting proposes a problem because if they touch anything it will change the world in the present day.

      How does the setting affect the plot?

      The setting poses a threat that he can change the future. Being in that setting he changes the future and changes the plot.