A Sound of Thunder

by

Ray Bradbury

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A Sound of Thunder Symbols

Thunder

Thunder in the story represents the inescapability of mortality as well as the dangers of human hubris. As a natural phenomenon, thunder underscores the fact that death is part of the natural order; it is…

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Butterfly

In “A Sound of Thunder,” the butterfly is a symbol of the delicate ecological balance of the natural world. Although it is small, Bradbury reminds us, a butterfly—like every other creature—has its own role to…

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