• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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.

Middle

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.

Conclusion

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Miracles section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Miracles essays

  1. R.S. Coursework - miracles

    the earth" then everything else falls into place because they would argue that science does not explain why things are there but how they happen and therefore if we believe that God is the creator of earth then we should accept miracles as they too go against the laws of science.

  2. A Biblical Mentoring Relationship: The Story of Elisha

    Elisha was not willing to let go of his mentor. He was extremely loyal. Elisha was going to stay with him until the very moment that the Lord would take him away. The two ended up going down to Bethel.

  1. Talking about miracles

    But then God said to him, "You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you, then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?" At the end Jesus said after telling the parable that "this is how it would be for anyone who stores up things for himself, but is not rich toward God"

  2. The girl in the story was labeled as a girl, which is interesting to ...

    Instead we only have the comments of the participants in that process to use in judging for ourselves the validity of their moral stance, with no inflammatory rhetoric from pro-lifers and those who assert it is the woman's right to choose.

  1. Discuss the differences and similarities between the two stories concentrating on how they begin ...

    Moreau', 'War of the Worlds', and 'Invisible Man'. Some of his other science fictions works include 'Time Machine' and 'The Shape of Things to Come'. At the time Wells was writing, during the Victorian period, short stories were popular for publication in magazines in serial form.

  2. Christianity through a study of Luke and Acts

    The fact Jesus was not physically there with the servant gives Christians hope today if they are ill because now that he is not physically with them he can still help them if they have faith. The man is a Gentile but Jesus still helped him because Jesus came to

  1. Describe the importance of the healing miracles of Jesus for Christian life today. ...

    This show how Jesus cared and was fair to everyone by treating everyone the same and he healed them all. It shows that Jesus was here for everyone and paid no attention to peoples circumstance or wealth as he saw everyone for the person they really were.

  2. The charaters in "Hills Like White Elephants," "Daisy Miller," and "Babylon Revisited" all communniacte ...

    In "Daisy Miller: A Study" Daisy was a flirt. She flaunted herself to men everywhere she went. She did not care what other people thought. Daisy and Elmer are totally diffrent in one big way. The last thing on Dasiys mind is what people think of her.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work