What if you got the chance to go back to the past and can shoot a Tyrannosaurus Rex? Would you be brave enough to hunt down this creature that towers 30 feet above the ground? Well, you might be like Eckles and run away. Eckles is the protagonist of the story A Sound of Thunder. It is a short story where one shows small things can lead up to big things and egoistic humans.
Travis, the guild of the trip, had told Eckles he had to stay on the path. However, when Eckles saw the dinosaur, he was so scared and ran. When Eckles stepped off the road, Travis said to him, “Get up! cried Travis. Go out on that Path alone, you’re not coming back in the Machine. We’re leaving you here!” (Bradbury, 366-367) The guilds mentioned many many times and told Eckles to not step off the road. This was a sign of a motif. This shows the character’s egoistic personality. Just because he was scared of the dinosaur, he stepped off the path when he was clearly told not to by the guilds many many times. He disobeyed the guilds because Eckles was scared by dinosaurs that he paid $10,000 to shoot. He was haughty in the beginning, thinking that he had hunted many other animals. After he steps off the path, he gets into trouble. He does not realize why the guilds told him to not step off the path.
In this short story, one also shows that small things can lead up to bigger things. Small things like stepping on the butterfly and leaving the bullets there can cause a lot of trouble. ( He realizes he steps on a butterfly and changed the future, “No, it can’t be. Not a little thing like that! No!” (Bradbury, 448-452) No…it couldn’t be that. Because they traveled to the past and they can’t leave any hints or trails behind them, otherwise they might change the past and different things with uncontrollable outcomes can happen. For example, Eckles squashed a butterfly in the past. When he realizes that, things like the spelling of words have changed and he paid the price for it.
Scar. The long red marks that are permanently on your body from a healing process. Why would a story have this name? In the short story “The Scar”, the protagonist’s mother, Nuyer, is a nice and loving mother even though she brought shame to the family.
Nuyer is disgraceful to the family because she left the family for another man, “Auntie shouted that our mother had married a man named Wu-Tsing who already have a wife and two concubines,”(Amy Tan 3). According to the text, she was a widow and she ditched the family for another man. Also, she spilled a pot of boiling soup on An-Mei. If Po-po had not saved her, An-Mei would’ve died. What type of mother would leave a young daughter behind when the child’s father had died? Imagine living with your grandparents because your mother left you. It is a shame for the child and the family. She didn’t just leave for another man; she became the number three concubine of that man. That’s even more disgraceful. Also, from Po-po’s point of view, Nuyer was fighting and arguing. She also harmed An-mei with the soup, even if it was by accident, it’s not ok. Nuyer is a disgrace to the family. She harms her mother and her daughter. She also became a number 3 concubine. What kind of family member would do that?
Nuyer is disgraceful, however, she’s also very caring and nice, “And then my mother cut a piece of meat from her arm. Tears and blood spilled to the floor…This is how a daughter honors her mother,”(Amy Tan 5). According to the text, she cut off part of her flesh for the soup to honor Po-po. In this action, you can see that she still cares for the family. But, the family distrusts Nuyer. Also, being a number three concubine does not define her personality and care for the family.
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The found poem I wrote was from the story “The Bass, The River and Sheila Mant”, By W.D. Wetherell. It shows the conflict of man vs man, man vs nature, man vs self between the protagonist “I” and the antagonist the fish and Sheila. In the climax of the story, “I” was conflicted because he did not know what to choose between. To pull up the fish he had in his life or to go out with his crush. “I” was excited to catch a really large bass, but at the same time, “I” did not satisfy Sheila with the canoe ride. At last, he cuts the line and brings Sheila up the shore. But Sheila left with Eric Caswell, the best musician at the party.
Whosever room this is should be ashamed!
His underwear is hanging on the lamp.
His raincoat is there in the overstuffed chair,
And the chair is becoming quite mucky and damp.
His workbook is wedged in the window,
His sweater’s been thrown on the floor.
His scarf and one ski are beneath the TV,
And his pants have been carelessly hung on the door.
His books are all jammed in the closet,
His vest has been left in the hall.
A lizard named Ed is asleep in his bed,
And his smelly old sock has been stuck to the wall.
Whosever room this is should be ashamed!
Donald or Robert or Willie or–
Huh? You say it’s mine? Oh, dear,
I knew it looked familiar!
By: Shel Silver