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Comparing 'The Man Who Could Work Miracles,' by H.G Wells and 'A Sound of Thunder,' by Ray Bradbury, focuses on the overall mood of the stories and characterisation.

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Comparing 'The Man Who Could Work Miracles,' by H.G Wells and 'A Sound of Thunder,' by Ray Bradbury, focuses on the overall mood of the stories and characterisation. In comparison, both stories inspire me into discussing the immense differences they both have between each other. Both stories have extreme similarities; yet, they have miraculous differences. Both 'The Man Who Could Work Miracles,' and 'A Sound of Thunder' are written in the genre of sci-fi and both are very stereotypical. Science fiction is a genre of fiction in which advances in science, or contact with more scientifically advanced civilizations, create situations different from those of both the present day and the known past. 'The Man Who Could Work Miracles' is a story based upon an abstruse character - George Fotheringay. Fotheringay is no bleeding-heart aching to turn the world into a painless utopia, but a nondescript man who takes his time to figure out just what has happened to him before bringing everything to a head. Inside this story, H.G.Wells accentuates the character - Fotheringay - by exploiting how he is against miracles - 'let us understand what a miracle is...something that couldn't happen without being specially willed.' As shown, Fotheringay is totally unaware of the extraordinary coincidence that is going to endure him. ...read more.

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This emphasises the crudeness in his behaviour and how it differs to closing stages of the story. 'Let me lose my miraculous powers...all these dangerous miracles be stopped...No more miracles' - his sense of attitude is still demanding but it differs as it has a hint of remorse and guilt in his voice. His overall mood is as if it's a heart monitor: it sways and continuously. 'A Sound of Thunder,' by Ray Bradbury, bases the outline of the story around a character - Eckels. Eckels' characteristics are of a shrewd nature. He seems to be very egocentric and a very decisive man, with little respect for others but himself. In a sense, he could be compared with Fotheringay - from 'The Man Who Could Work Miracles' - for his selfishness. Roisterously, he flashes about a cheque, written on it, ten thousand dollars. Paying for a trip back in time to explore and hunt the dinosaurs and their nature, he doesn't realise to a full extent the danger he is putting himself and others in. Before embarking on his adventure of a life time, a number of rules are requested from Mr Travis - 'the safari guide' if u will - which he later disobeys without any thought. The exhibition he - himself - is volunteering on with a hefty price of ten thousand dollars is to journey back in time and pursues a Jurassic beast -Tyrannosaurus Rex. ...read more.

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This polishes the uniqueness Bradbury uses in his writing. The final couple of paragraphs to 'A Sound of Thunder' are the key factors to the story. The misfortune of Eckels accidentally standing on an innocent butterfly in the past, leads the present to change in a colossal manor. As the 'time travellers' - if u will - journey back to the future, Eckels discovers the sign has been amended from a difference in language as an effect of his accidental destruction of a little butterfly. A list to emphasise the text and to create a tense feeling can also be superb. 'Can't we take it back, can't we make it alive again, can't we start over can't we - 'a key feature to this is repetition. This enables the text to be logged in to the reader's memory exhausting the matter that it is an important issue. The very last line, 'There was a sound of thunder,' creates a heart-throb situation wanting the reader to empathise the death of the main character - Eckels. In conclusion to both the stories, I feel both writers have capabilities to make a shrub look tall and a tree look small and they both maintain a high density detailed piece of writing and are able to inspire the reader into continuing the story - thus, it may have already ended. By Luke McCarthy 10 MH (1342 words) ...read more.

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