English 2 Honors I. B. 27 September 2012 Compare and Contrast Essay on Bradbury Ray Bradbury’s opinions can be seen throughout many of his works. He focuses on three main themes in his two works of “A Sound of Thunder” and “There Will Come Soft Rains”. The first Bradbury focuses on mankind’s cruel and selfish acts. In addition, technology is dangerous when misused. Finally, nature is being negatively affected greatly by humans and their technology. If Bradbury didn’t think mankind had a negative effect on the world, then his stories would have positive endings for the humans.
In the story “A Sound of Thunder”, the humans are at fault for changing their way of life. They are punished for altering the balance in life. The narrator says, “Somehow, the sign had changed… (pg12)” because Eckels, the protagonist, had stepped off the path and changed the course of history. Mankind breaks the rule; therefore, they have to pay the price. The author sees no hope for technology being a benefit for the world.
The Safari Guide, Travis, explains to the hunters “A Time Machine is finicky business.
Not knowing it, we might kill an important animal, a small bird, a roach, a flower even, thus destroying an important link in a growing species (pg3)”, technology is a risk. It could turn out to be a good thing for everyone, or it could destroy something that is essential. Bradbury sees nature as a necessity for living. In the story he lets a butterfly play a huge role in the way mankind lives.
The butterfly killed by Eckels represents the butterfly effect. Eckels realizes all the major changes in the world occurred because of that one butterfly. He says “Not a little thing like that! Not a butterfly! (pg. 1)” because he is surprised that something so little and seemingly unimportant can change many big and important things to mankind. In the story “There Will Come Soft Rains”, mankind is gone from the world because of their poor choices of living. The humans took advantage of the world and its resources. The narrator says, “The house stood alone in a city of rubble and ashes (pg1)”. Its describing the world after mankind abused it. Humans are the cause of their own extinction. This story is about the effects of technology on the world; it describes the after math mankind’s destruction from nuclear war.
Technology drove them to destruction. The story states, “Among the ruins, one wall stood alone… (pg4)” nature started the fire and burned technology to one remaining wall. Technology’s level of danger is all based on how it’s used, and nature was affected greatly in this story. The narrator states, “A dog whined, shivering, on the porch… (pg2)” Mankind destroyed its own chance for living. The dog had a routine of being able to come back for food and shelter that it kept coming back long after the people were gone.
Many “pets” wouldn’t know what to do without human assistance. Bradbury’s internal thoughts can be seen throughout many of his works but in the stories “A Sound of Thunder” and “There will Come Soft Rains” there are three main themes. The themes of mankind, technology, and nature all expressed slightly different in each story. In the stories a theme of mankind is the cause of each effect. In addition, technology was seen negatively on the world. Finally, the theme of nature is being altered and destroyed. The stories have the same three themes but express them negative ways.