A Sound of Thunder

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“A Sound of Thunder”
Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury
Butterfly Effect
• Part of Chaos Theory
• describes how tiny variations can affect large
and complex systems, like weather
– If a butterly flaps its wings in Asia, will there be a
tornado in Texas?
Basically, this theory says that it is impossible to
predict anything because of all the tiny factors that
have huge effects.
Bradbury explores the Butterfly Effect in time travel.
The Fourth Dimension
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HG Wells The Time Machine
3 dimensions: length, width, and height
Theorizes a fourth dimension: time
A time machine would have to move along the
4th dimension
Tone
TONE is simply the author’s toward the subject.
You can recognize the tone/attitude by the word
choice the author uses. His language will
reveal his perspective/opinion (that is,
whether it is positive/negative) about the
subject.
Tone must be inferred through the use of
descriptive words.
How do we describe Tone? (only a few
examples!)
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Bitter
Serious
Witty
Playful
Tender
Sympathetic
Haunting
Mysterious
Suspenseful
Tasteful/distasteful
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Nonchalant
Angry
Attached/Detached
Innocent
Poignant
Compassionate
Humorous
Gore-y
Tone Practice
The girls were playing in the pond, splashing each other and
trying to catch fish with their hands. They were having
fun, but kept looking over their shoulders at the looming
forest. The long grass of the field kept moving and they
sort of felt like they were being watched… About a half
hour passed and still the girls kept checking the field for
movements. It seemed like a pair of dark eyes was on
them. They even considered going back inside, but that
would mean homework time. So they continued
splashing, but with caution now. Their eyes hardly left
the field.
The tone of this passage is ominous, suggesting a little bit
of fear or foreboding. Words like "caution, dark, and
looming“ lead readers to the tone.
What is the tone?
Circle descriptive words that create tone!
Donovan and Larry were early for baseball practice. They
decided to run up and down the bleachers to exercise before
the rest of the team arrived.
Larry was first to the top. He whispered to Donovan,
“Look over there.” He pointed to a man sleeping on the
highest, narrow bench of the bleachers. His pants and shirt
were faded, worn, and too large for his thin frame. One big
toe stuck out of a huge hole in his sock. His scraped-up shoes
sat a few feet away.
Donovan whispered, “We should help him out. Let’s hide
something good in his shoes. Then, when he wakes up, he
will have a nice surprise.”
What is the tone?
How would you describe the tone of this
passage?
a. Angry
b. Detached
c. Sympathetic
Which words created this tone?
Mood
• MOOD is the overall atmosphere of feelings
that are created IN THE READER.
Mood Words (some examples)
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Cheerful
Relieved
Gloomy
Bleak
Uncertain
Bittersweet
Relaxed
Lazy
Hopeless
Tense
Furious
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Disappointed
Dreamy, foggy
Content
Satisfied
Angry
Motivated
Inspired
Confident
Eerie
What is the mood?
Circle words or phrases that create the mood:
Donovan and Larry were early for baseball practice. They
decided to run up and down the bleachers to exercise before
the rest of the team arrived.
Larry was first to the top. He whispered to Donovan,
“Look over there.” He pointed to a man sleeping on the
highest, narrow bench of the bleachers. His pants and shirt
were faded, worn, and too large for his thin frame. One big
toe stuck out of a huge hole in his sock. His scraped-up shoes
sat a few feet away.
Donovan whispered, “We should help him out. Let’s hide
something good in his shoes. Then, when he wakes up, he
will have a nice surprise.”
What is the mood?
How would you describe the mood of this
passage?
a. Angry
b. Detached
c. Sympathetic
Which words created this mood?
“A Sound of Thunder”
While Reading:
-Complete your Chart on Mood.
-Consider your opinion on the Butterfly
Effect.
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