"A Sound of Thunder" Literary Terms (Figurative Language …
"A Sound of Thunder" Literary Terms
"Eckles flushed angrily" (Line 12)
This quote shows his embaressment and in people doubting how he presented himself as headstrong
Demonstrates his nerves and hesitence
"Not a little thing like that! Not a butterfly!" (Line 141)
The butterfly represents delicacy and how fragile something so minor can be.
"Like a stone idol, like a mountain avalanche."
Shows comparison of the dinosaur to very large known objects, and assists the reader in picturing how large the dinosaur is because the reader is familiar with the vocabulary
"He stood drinking the oddness with the pores of his body." (Line 136)
Emphasizes how he absorbed the information
"The jungle was alive again, full of the old tremorings and cries." (Line 115)
Explains how the movement of life in the jungle makes the jungle seem alive
"'So they're dead.' said eckles. 'So what?'" (Line 37)
Eckles foreshadows that by doubting he can alter the future, there will be some sort of drastic alteration made.
"We don't belong here in the past."
The characters are potentially able to alter their future, messing up the natural balance of the past
"He heard Travis shift his rifle, click the safety catch, and raise the weapon." Line 146
Dinosaurs ended up carrying into the future, and the fact that Eckles expected nothing to go wrong makes it ironic that the opposite happened.
"Mr Eckles looked at the check. His fingers twitched." (Line14)