A Sound of Thunder and The Lottery game
It is stated that, “everything changes other than human behavior and its consequences,” and this idea is exhibited in the stories, “The Lottery game” and “A Sound of Thunder.” The authors of both stories has shocked the readers through the use of foreshadowing, symbolism and pacing. Foreshadowing is a caution or some kind of indicator of a future occasion that may happen. In “The Lottery game”, there is a foreshadowing of the gathering of the rocks. The rocks are a detail which gets ignored since of all the other positive information in the story like happiness and cheerful moods in the beginning of the story. In “A Sound of Thunder”, there is a foreshadowing in a quote stated by Travis, “Anything takes place to you, we’re not accountable. These dinosaurs are starving.” This quote gives the reader a tip that something might happen to Eckels. In the future, Travis also states, “There’s no chance of informing if this exploration was a success, if we got our beast, or whether all of us, meaning you Mr. Eckels– went out alive.” This quote foreshadows the death of Eckels again and likewise concerns the reality whether if he will return alive or not.
Significance is the use of signs to assist represent ideas or qualities. Both the stories have signs, like in “The Lottery game, there is a symbolism of the term the “lotto” and the black box. In “A Noise of Thunder”, there is a meaning of the time machine and the metal course. The “lottery” represents any action, habits, or a concept that is given from one generation to another and how that concept is being accepted and followed unquestioningly no matter how illogic or cruel it is. The black box represents the both custom of the lottery and the illogic of the villagers being faithful to it. The black box is breaking down, hardly even after years of usage and storage, the villagers hesitate to alter. The time device represents one male’s intents. The time device disrupts deep space by turning the time back so that people can act out their dreams. It needs to be carefully handled nor else it can create huge issues. The metal course represents a pathway that takes back to the future without any modifications to it. The tourist needs to be on the path at all times, so they do not interfere with the ages that follows the one into in which they travel from.
Pacing is a stead or constant speed. Both of the stories have a sluggish rate. In “The Lottery”, the unclear ideas emerges as the concern arises about the authenticity and the necessity of lottery game, it develops thriller as the reader grows more distressed to discover exactly what will take place to the winner. The story unfolds slowly, describing the minutiae about the box and the slips, individuals, the drawing procedure and the ordinary conversations in excruciating information. In “A Sound of Thunder”, there is a great deal of foreshadowing together with repeated words like, “Do not get out of the course.” it integrates in anxiety in the readers and makes us think what will happen if you stay out of the path. “The Noise of Thunder” is duplicated two times, which might show a misery in the future. There is a lot of rising action till it reaches to the climax. The fundamental details the author supplies, it develops stress and anxiety or eagerness to understand what will be the modification in the future and the fate of Eckels as he steps on the butterfly.
The authors usage of foreshadowing, meaning and pacing produced the surprise at the end for the readers. Some actions we do have severe repercussions or results like how both the stories ended drastically.Like in “The Lottery” where an innocent individual life was eliminated just because of a tradition that has actually been followed for several years. A dead individual which action can not be reversed now. While in “A Sound of Thunder”, regardless of many times of Travis informing Eckels not to step out of the path, he wind up stepping out of the course. Stepping on the path not just did create few modifications however Eckels accidently stepped on the buttery which has the butterfly impact that made the scenario two times as even worse. This little action of Eckels triggered his life to be eliminated. This is why actions should be done thoroughly and while doing a particular action we need to also consider the repercussions.